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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.
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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 translating document is stored with the first listed item of that genre in the collection.
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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 on display at one of the permanent exhibitions of the SAHGF in Durban, Cape Town or Johannesburg.
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Phase 2 material described January-June 2016