Cape Town Holocaust Centre / South African Holocaust Foundation (SAHF)

Cape Town Holocaust Centre / South African Holocaust Foundation (SAHF)

The South African Holocaust Foundation (SAHF) which was formerly known as the Cape Town Holocaust Centre Trust is dedicated to creating a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued. In the tradition of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, through its public programmes the SAHF raises awareness of Holocaust History and other genocides and uses the platform of the Holocaust to focus on human rights issues in contemporary society. Currently SAHF work with Durban Holocaust Centre, Johannesburg Holocaust Centre (JHC) and Cape Town Holocaust Centre.

The Cape Town Holocaust Centre houses a permanent exhibition, and conducts educational programmes for schools, educators and diverse adult groups. The permanent exhibition on the history of the Holocaust, serves as a memorial to the injustices suffered by the Jewish Community during World War II, combines text, archival photographs and film footage, documents, multimedia displays and recreated environments. The Holocaust Centre is a moving tribute to those who died between 1933 & 1945, whilst the Nazis were in power in Germany.

The Cape Town Holocaust Centre is the first and only Holocaust Centre to be established in Africa. Cape Town Holocaust Centre serves as a place of remembrance for the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust and for all other victims of Nazism. Address the ethical, moral and historical dimensions of the Holocaust. While it is important and valuable to study the perceptions of the younger generations, being born ‘post-apartheid’ and ‘post-Holocaust’ Cape Town Holocaust Centre aims to combat antisemitism and all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and to instill a respect for human rights, teaches about the consequences of prejudice, racism and discrimination, promotes an understanding of the dangers of indifference, apathy and silence.

The South Africa Holocaust Centre was inspired by the Holocaust Centre in the UK; where Aegis is based and next year, Dr. Stephen Smith, co-founder of the Holocaust Centre here in the UK is due to speak on the tenth anniversary of the Centre, which opened in 1998. From the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, the travelling Exhibition go to University of Pretoria before opening on January 27 (the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day), at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.

The display also includes sections on the pseudo-science of ‘race’; the roots of antisemitism, and the institutionalised racism of Apartheid. A photographic display and 20 minute documentary tells the story of the survivors of the Holocaust who made their home in Cape Town. Visiting a Holocaust Centre is not like visiting any other kind of museum. It makes one rather thoughtful of what has gone before and the state of the world today.

More than 110,000 people have visited the Centre, with 70,000 from all over South Africa. The Centre’s education programs have drawn 950 groups, with 194 high schools regularly participating in the Centre’s programs. South Africans with little or no prior knowledge of the Shoah have come away from their visits at the Centre deeply affected and newly determined to combat prejudice and discrimination. As South Africa’s only Holocaust institution, the Centre’s program has the potential to reach is to 800,000 students and their teachers.

Opening hours: Sun –Thurs: 10am – 5pm, Fri: 10am – 1pm

Location and Contact:
South African Holocaust Foundation (SAHF) / Cape Town Holocaust Centre

88 Hatfield Street Gardens (first floor of the Albow Centre, close to the SA Museum, SA Library and the SA National Gallery)
Cape Town 8001, South Africa
Tel: 27-(0)21-462 5553
Fax: 27-(0)21-462 5554
email: or (SAHF)
Cape Town Holocaust Centre On the web:
South African Holocaust Foundation (SAHF) On the web:
Cape Town Holocaust Centre Permanent exhibition