Dear Olga Bernstein, Auckland Progressive Jewish Community
Re: Mt Hutt and the naming of places to honour a Nazi
CONFIDENTAL:Not to be published before 12:00 Thursday 25 March.
Last year, we became aware that Mt Hutt had named a ski slope and a cafe after Willi Huber, an unrepentant former volunteer member of the Waffen SS.
Many of you will have signed the petition initiated by Rob Berg, demanding that the slope and cafe be renamed.
The New Zealand Jewish Council and the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand have been working with a wide range of supporters and individuals to ensure that NZ Ski, the owner of Mt Hutt, renamed the slope and cafe. We are delighted to advise that this has occurred in time for the upcoming ski season.
This unfortunate episode will serve as a warning to those seeking to rewrite history and pay homage to Nazis, whether intentionally or not.
We thank all those of you who signed the petition and worked on this issue.
Stephen Goodman Deb Hart
President, New Zealand Jewish Council Chair, Holocaust Centre of New Zealand