Descendants of the Shoah Inc., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Descendants of the Shoah Inc. began in Melbourne, Australia in 1991 as a group of sons and daughters of Holocaust survivors wanting to explore our parents experiences, the similarities in our childhoods and how this would affect our own children, the third generation.
We have a membership of approximately 200 children and grandchildren of survivors and interested others including professional people working with survivors and their families. Melbourne has one of the largest populations per capita of Holocaust survivors in the world and is unique in that we are largely a post-war migrant and refugee community.
Our aims are:
Our meetings are held in various forms: guest speakers, sharing sessions, panel discussions, film and theatre evenings, a book club and a special end of year function. Other activities include involvement with the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre and Friends of the Holocaust Centre; the Jewish Museum; Jewish Community Services, in particular the Holocaust Survivors Project and links with Melbourne's Child Survivors Group. We have bi-monthly meetings and publish a regular newsletter.
Members receive an informative newsletter, which includes reviews of previous meetings, a calendar of our forthcoming meetings as well as other events of interest and listings of media events and Internet links.
Over the fourteen years we have been operating our meetings have covered a diverse range of topics such as:
Our invited speakers have been drawn from an eminent list of people in the wider community including:
As well as social workers, a gerontologist, psychiatrists and psychologists, journalists, university professors, a genealogist, artists, actors, a photographer, a lawyer representing claimants against Swiss Banks to name a few.
Every person has a different reason for attending a meeting of the Descendants of the Shoah. Whatever these needs may be, everyone comes away from a meeting with some enlightenment of the issues and a celebration of life. Overall, participants in our meeting gain a positive and insightful understanding of themselves, their heritage and the Holocaust in perspective.
The Descendants of the Shoah Inc. is secular and not affiliated with any communal or religious institution.
To contact Descendants of the Shoah Inc. send email to: DOS Inc.