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AHMSEC houses a permanent and temporary exhibition space and education facilities

Our galleries are closed to the public from 12 April 2024 to mid-2025 while we undertake significant renovations. Our education program continues.

Anne Frank Gallery

The Anne Frank Gallery, endowed by John and Pauline Gandel, houses the permanent exhibition about the Holocaust.  This self-guided exhibition is posed as a series of questions to stimulate critical thinking and help visitors, especially young people, to understand how and why the Holocaust happened as well as showing that themes from the Holocaust remain relevant to issues in contemporary society, such as hate-speak, antisemitism, racism, and acts of terror.  Throughout the exhibition, visitors encounter historical artefacts, personal objects, and photographs that intersect with the stories of six Adelaide survivors.

John Gandel AC and Pauline Gandel AC are actively engaged in philanthropic work and are universally recognised for their generosity and commitment to both Jewish and general causes. Gandel Foundation is one of Australia’s largest independent family philanthropic funds

Franz Kempf AM Memorial Gallery

Australian artist and printmaker, Franz Kempf (1926-2020), gifted seventeen of his works to the Adelaide Holocaust Museum. Known as The Holocaust Series, seven are currently on display in the Franz Kempf Gallery. They are being shown on rotation to ensure that these mainly light-sensitive works are not on view for too long. 

Lefmann Gallery

When it is not housing a visiting exhibition, the Lefmann Gallery features a biographical display of six Holocaust survivors who migrated to Adelaide after World War 2.  This display was funded by the History Trust of South Australia through their South Australian History Fund. It is through the eyes of these six survivors that visitors can also discover within the permanent exhibition in the Anne Frank Gallery, what it was like growing up Jewish under the Nazi regime. The Lefmann Gallery is being developed to tell the stories of Holocaust survivors who made South Australia their home.

This gallery is dedicated to Leopold and Frieda Lefmann who perished during the Holocaust.  In 1941, Leopold and Frieda, aged in their sixties, were among those transported from Köln (Cologne) in Germany to Litzmannstadt or Łódź ghetto in Poland.  Their hometown was Remscheid, about 50km north of Köln (Cologne). It is not known the exact date or place of their murder.

Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Foundation Gallery

This area currently houses the education centre and is used for our school curriculum-tailored Holocaust education program, with financial assistance from the South Australian Department for Education. The space has seating for 40 and has a pull-down screen, data projector, and PA system. It is also used for other talks, presentations, and events, as well as temporary or traveling displays.

The Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Foundation is one of the various philanthropic arms of the Melbourne-based Smorgon family and provides financial support to many charitable organisations. The Smorgon family is a Jewish Australian business family, originating from Ukraine and known for their establishment of Smorgon Steel. They are considered Australia’s leading philanthropic families.

The Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Education Centre acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation, past, present and future, and the continuation of cultural, spiritual, and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. AHMSEC stands on Kaurna land.

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