49
49
2

Kurt Kriszhaber Memorial

$3,367 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 6 months

In May 1939, an 18-year old Jewish boy, Kurt Kriszhaber, left Vienna for England to escape Nazi persecution. In July 1940 he was picked up by the British government and imprisoned as an "enemy alien" . He was then transported on a 59-day hellish voyage to Australia where he was interned in a camp near Melbourne.
His family remained in Europe. His mother had died when he was a boy of seven, but his father, aunts, uncles and grandparents were rounded up and murdered during the Holocaust. His half-sister Martha survived in Vienna despite frequent interrogations by the Gestapo.
Kurt was eventually released and he joined the 8th Australian Employment Company and at the end of the war became an Australian citizen.
But just when he was ready to start a new life, tragedy struck and Kurt died in an accident at his lodging-house. He had avoided the gas ovens and crematoria of Nazi Germany only to be gassed by a faulty heater while taking a bath in Melbourne, Australia.
The irony of this event shocked me, but I was even more shocked when a relative of mine visited the site of his grave in Melbourne's Fawkner Cemetery to find there was no marker. You'll see it in this video and this is why I am asking for help - to honour the memory of an innocent victim of World War Two and the Holocaust - to give him back the dignity of his name.
+ Read More
We have got to our first milestone - $1000 - but need your help to reach the goal. Please, take a look at the video, and if Kurt's story touches you, make a donation to make sure his name and life are never forgotten.
+ Read More
I received a copy of a letter today from State Trustees in Melbourne to Fawkner Cemetery. They hold the right of interment for Kurt's grave and gave official "Consent for the placing of a memorial - right of interment of the late Kurt Kriszhaber. Grave: Jewish A, Row 06, Grave 781". We are up and running!
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$3,367 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 6 months
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
JG
$25
John Gambles
2 days ago (Offline Donation)
MK
$25
Marsha Kreucher
2 days ago (Offline Donation)
DC
$49
Derek Chorlton
8 days ago (Offline Donation)
JB
$25
Jeanine Brakefield
15 days ago (Offline Donation)
JS
$18
James Silber
16 days ago
MB
$20
Maggi Boid
21 days ago (Offline Donation)
BA
$50
Ben Alalouf
23 days ago (Offline Donation)
AM
$40
A visitor to the Naples Holocaust museum
29 days ago (Offline Donation)
AN
$20
A visitor to the Holocaust Museum in Naples
29 days ago (Offline Donation)
AN
$10
A visitor to the Holocaust Museum in Naples
29 days ago (Offline Donation)
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.