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On 1 February 2013 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Deakin and the Jewish Holocaust Centre at the Centre in Elsternwick.
The MOU was organised by the Processes of Signification Emerging research Group within the Faculty of Arts and Education. The interdisciplinary research group is coordinated by Associate Professor Keith Beattie (School of Humanities and Social Sciences), and its members include Dr Adam Brown (School of Communication and Creative Arts), Dr Kim Toffoletti (School of Humanities and Social Sciences), and Dr Deborah Walker (School of Communication and Creative Arts).
The MOU was signed by the Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor Jane den Hollander, and the President of the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Ms Pauline Rockman, OAM. The signing of the document was witnessed by the Director of the JHC, Mr Warren Fineberg, together with Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts and Education. Among the guests present at this important event was Professor David Lowe, Director of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute.
The MOU formalises a long-standing and productive relationship between the Jewish Holocaust Centre and Deakin University. The mutually-supportive relationship has expressed itself in, among other ways: research within the holdings of the Centre by members of the History and Media and Communication streams of Deakin University and staff of Deakin's Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, a large undergraduate unit on the Holocaust which is taught as part of the history major, internships within the Centre undertaken by history students, joint research-related activity such as ARC Linkage grants to which the Centre has served as Industry Partner, collaboration between members of Deakin University and the Centre to produce a written history of the Jewish Holocaust Centre, input by Deakin staff to symposia within the Jewish Holocaust Centre, collaboration between Deakin staff and the Centre to digitalise the Centre's important collection of video testimonies by Holocaust survivors. In association with the Processes of Signification Emerging Research Group of the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, the Centre maintains a monthly screening of films on human rights issues. The collaborations bespeak a commitment by Deakin University to the support of human rights and respect for the victims of genocide.
Photographs by Simon Fox, Deakin University