Fonds BC1556 - South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation Collection

Reference code

ZA UCT BC1556

Title

South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation Collection

Date(s)

Level of description

Fonds

Extent and medium

The South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation (SAHGF) Collection comprises 35 archival boxes with a volume of 315 000cm3. These boxes are stored in two locations: 33 boxes in the Special Collection stacks in the Oppenheimer store and 2 boxes in the Cold Room. There are also 2 oversize folders in the Special Collection stacks in the J.W. Jagger Library and 41 museum objects in Strong Room 3. The material itself is arranged into 29 sections.

Name of creator

(2007-)

Administrative history

The South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation (SAHGF) was established in 2007 by the Board of Trustees of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre in response to the incorporation of the study of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust into the National High School Curriculum.

The SAHGF provides the educational and philosophical direction for the three Holocaust Centres in South Africa: The Cape Town Holocaust Centre, the Durban Holocaust Centre and the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre. These centres serve as a memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust and all victims of Nazism; teach about the consequences of prejudice, racism, antisemitism, xenophobia and homophobia; as well aspromote an understanding of the dangers of indifference, apathy and silence.

The foundation is also dedicated to providing support for the national curriculum through the development of classroom support materials and the facilitation of national in-service teacher training, adult programmes and seminars. By doing so the SAHGF raises historical awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides across the world and uses the platform to focus on human rights issues in contemporary society. Through these efforts, the SAHGF aims to help address the issues of racism, antisemitism, bigotry and marginalisation which still plague post-Apartheid South Africa, and to promote social activism.

Since 1999, when the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, the first Holocaust Centre in Africa, first opened it’s doors, the organization has been approached by members of South African Jewish community and the general public to donate documents and artefacts related to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust as well as other genocides. In early-2015 a partnership was formed with the University of Cape Town and the archive was placed in custody of the Special Collections and Archives of UCT Libraries.

Archival history

Since 1999, when the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, the first Holocaust Centre in Africa, first opened it’s doors, the organization has been approached by members of South African Jewish community and the general public to donate documents and artefacts related to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust as well as other genocides. In early-2015 a partnership was formed with the University of Cape Town and the archive was placed in custody of the Special Collections and Archives of UCT Libraries.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Scope and content

Accruals

The South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation (SAHGF) is acknowledged to be handing over several smaller collections and additions in 2016.

System of arrangement

The material itself is arranged into sections according to the individual or family archives as they were donated to the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation. Individual items - many without recorded provenance - donated to the Cape Town Holocaust Centre by various donors since the establishment of the museum have been placed together in the Artefacts Collection.

Conditions governing access

This collection is property of the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation.

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Many of the documents in these collections have been transcribed and/or translated. To access these documents please contact University of Cape Town Libraries' Special Collections.
When viewing the physical collection, these documents are interleaved with the original artefacts. In some cases, multiple items of the same genre from the same collection are transcribed and/or translated on the same document. In this case, the single transcription and/or translationg document is stored with the first listed item of that genre in the collection.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Oversize: Indicates oversize items which, due to their size, are stored separately from the rest of the collection and usually wrapped in tissue paper and housed in large folders.
Cold storage: Indicates fragile audio-visual material kept in our dedicated cold storage facility. Please note these items need to be requested at least 24hrs in advance to allow proper acclimitisation of material to room temperature. You are required to wear gloves while using this material.
Strong room: Indicates museum objects and other large artefacts stored in strong room. Depending on the nature of the item you may be requested to use gloves while using this material.
SAHGF custody: Indicates an item that will remain in the custody of the SAHGF and will remain on display at the Cape Town Holocaust Centre.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Phase 1 material described July-December 2015.
Phase 2 material described January-June 2016

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

Prepared by Dmitri Abrahams, Brian Michael Müller and Michal Singer. This inventory is the culmination of research involving a series of interviews, physical arrangement of the material according to type and chronology, as well as archival and desktop research.

Accession area