The Interior of Our Memories

Authors: Steven Cooke and Donna-Lee Frieze

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Founded in 1984, the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne, Australia, is an internationally recognised museum and research centre. It's dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945.

The centre provides an important space for commemoration and education about the Holocaust.

It works to combat anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice in the community, and foster understanding between people.

The Interior of Our Memories analyses the development of the centre within global Holocaust memorial activity, both during the genocide and in the following decades, when many survivors made new lives for themselves in Melbourne. 

The book provides a history of the centre’s early days and examines its transformation from a collection of photos, documents and material objects into the modern, educationally focused organisation it is today.

About the authors

Dr Steven Cooke is a cultural and historical geographer who has published widely on the memorial landscapes of war and genocide. He is senior lecturer and course director of the cultural heritage and museum studies programs at Deakin University. 

He is also the author of The Sweetland Project: Remembering Gallipoli in the Shire of Nunawading (Australian Scholarly, 2015).

Dr Donna-Lee Frieze is a genocide studies scholar who taught the Genocide and Holocaust units at Deakin University. 

She has published widely on 20 century genocides, film, philosophy and testimony. She is also the editor and transcriber of Raphael Lemkin’s autobiography, Totally Unofficial (Yale University Press, 2013).