The Wellington Cemetery Desecrations of 2004: Their Impact on Local Jews


  • Hal Levine
  • Michelle Gezentsvey



The article discusses different interpretations of the desecration's of the Wellington Cemetery in 2004, by people who were personally involved with the events surrounding them, the Jews. The main aim is to present a synthetic account of an understanding of the attacks and their meaning.


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Author Biographies

Hal Levine

Hal Levine is an anthropologist at Victoria University. He co-authored Urbanisation in Papua New Guinea (1979) and Stewart Island: Anthropological Approaches to a New Zealand Fishing Community (1986), and is completing a work on the nature of ethnicity that compares New Zealand Jews with Maori and urban Papua New Guineans.

Hal Levine is an anthropologist who lectures at Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of Urbanization in Papua New Guinea and Stewart Island: Anthropological Perspectives on a New Zealand Fishing Community (with M. Levine); Far From the Promised Land? Being Jewish in New Zealand (with A. Beaglehole); Constructing Collective Identity: A Comparative Analysis of New Zealand Jews, Maori, and Urban Papua New Guineans; and numerous journal articles.

Michelle Gezentsvey

Michelle Gezentsvey is a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington, specializing in cross-cultural psychology. Her thesis examines ethno-cultural continuity among Maori, Chinese and Jews in New Zealand. Further interests include the broader topic of Jewish acculturation in the diaspora.