TALI NATES
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tali, founder and director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, has lectured internationally on Holocaust education, genocide prevention, reconciliation and human rights. She has presented at numerous conferences, published many articles and was involved in documentary films. Tali contributed chapters to different books, the latest is God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors. She serves on the Academic Advisory Group of the School of Social Science, Monash University, SA.

Tali was chosen as one of the top 100 newsworthy and noteworthy women in South Africa (Mail & Guardian) and was awarded the KIA Community Service Award (2015). She acts as a scholar and leader of Holocaust and Genocide study-tours to Eastern Europe and Rwanda. Tali is one of the founders of ‘Holocaust Survivors Services’ and ‘Rwanda Genocide Survivors Services’ in Johannesburg. Born to a family of Holocaust survivors, Tali’s father and uncle were saved by Oskar Schindler.

 

SHIRLEY SAPIRE
OFFICE MANAGER

Shirley has been the Office Manager at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre since 2014. She has a background in the hospitality industry, having owned a deli and a corporate catering business. Her lifelong interest is in the Holocaust and genealogy.

 

THULI QANYA
CENTRE MANAGER

Thuli is the Centre Manager at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre. She oversees venue hire and facilities for the Centre, among other projects.

 

KIM NATES
PROJECT MANAGER

Kim is the Project Manager at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University, USA, and Masters degree at Imperial College London, UK. Kim is a third generation survivor of the Holocaust: her grandfather and granduncle were both saved by Oskar Schindler.

 

ARLENE SHER
HEAD OF LEARNERS’ EDUCATION

Arlene is the Head of Learners’ Education at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre. She has worked at the Centre since 2010 and is involved in all aspects of education, training and development as well as other special projects and heads a team of staff and volunteers. She studied for a BA degree at Wits University and obtained a Higher Diploma in PM from the Wits Business School.

 

RENE POZNIAK
EDUCATION SPECIALIST & MARCH OF THE LIVING YOUTH LEADER

Rene was part of  the Jewish Studies Department at King David Linksfield Highschool for 23 years, with a special focus on Holocaust education.  She has spent time at Yad Vashem, and completed the Holocaust course there. She is the head of the March of the Living tour to Poland and Israel, for the past 12 years, and leads the group every year.

Rene is on the education team at the Centre, involved in learner education, training and the development of programs. She studied for a BA degree at Wits University in law and communications. While residing in the USA, she did para legal diploma, and was involved in Court Stenography. This was followed by a diploma in Jewish Studies, obtained from the Seminary in Johannesburg. She has been involved at the Centre since 2014.

 

BONAVENTURE KAGERUKA
ADMINISTRATION & EDUCATION OFFICER

Bonaventure is a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda targeting Tutsis, which took the lives of over 50 of his family members. He currently works for the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, assisting with administration and education. 

As a survivor, Bonaventure has been crucial in creating a Rwandan genocide survivors’ group for those living in South Africa. He has also shared his testimony in various conferences, schools, universities, business corporates around South Africa, using his personal testimony to change communities.

Bonaventure’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts with specialisation in Economics, Politics and Philosophy from the University of South Africa (UNISA).