The Cape Town Holocaust Centre preserves photographs, films, artefacts and mementos that vividly illustrate life in the ghettos and the full horror of the genocide of the Holocaust. Sections cover the start of persecution, ghetto development, the fiendish 'final solution', death camps, liberation and the accounts of local survivors.

Did you know?

The composer Richard Wagner is credited with the terms 'Jewish Problem' and 'Final Solution'.

Among the darkest passages in the journey of humankind was the Holocaust, a supreme example of genocide and blind prejudice, in which six million Jews and about two million others – Gypsies, Slavs, homosexuals, German clergymen and political opponents – were exterminated by the Nazis who ruled the Third German Reich from 1933 to 1945.

The Cape Town Holocaust Centre was created not only as a poignant memorial to those who suffered and died, but also as a constant reminder to guard against such barbarism ever again raising its head.

Genocide, discrimination and persecution have gone on into this century in a number of countries, and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre is in the vanguard of the fight against these.

Different sections of this Cape Town Jewish memorial cover the start of persecution in Germany, when Jews were forced to wear a yellow Star of David and Jewish businesses were destroyed; ghetto development; the fiendish 'final solution'; the extermination camps; liberation towards the end of the war; and the stories of survivors from Cape Town.

The exhibits include photographs, films, artefacts and mementos illustrating life in the ghettos, and the full horror of genocide.

Located on the first floor of the Albow Centre at 88 Hatfield Street, the centre has a mission to teach the young about the evil consequences of racism, and 'promote an understanding of the dangers of indifference, apathy and silence'.

Although the theme is depressing, the exhibits are the result of really effective display techniques, and the experience is all the more moving.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Cape Town Holocaust Centre
Tel: +27 (0)21 462 5553
Email: admin@holocaust.org.za

How to get here

The Cape Town Holocaust Centre is in the Cape Town CBD and therefore easily accessible by road, bus or taxi.

Best time to visit

Sundays to Thursdays 10am to 5pm; Fridays 10am to 1pm; closed on Saturdays and Jewish Holidays. There are facilities for the disabled.

Around the area

The centre is in close proximity to the SA National Gallery, SA Museum, SA Library and the SA Jewish Museum.

Get around

Wander around the centre on your own – it is easy to navigate.

What will it cost

Entrance is free to the centre, but it's R40 per adult to get into the SA Jewish Museum.

Length of stay

Half a day

Where to stay

Cape Town offers a pick of hotels, B&Bs and guest houses within walking distance of the centre.

What to eat

Within walking distance is a diverse range of eateries to suit any palate.