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  • Become a Member Our Museum Members are voices for respect, empathy and a better world.

    Right now, while our doors are temporarily closed, your membership is more important than ever to help us develop new innovative and engaging projects.
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  • Learn online with us We have launched a range of new ways teachers and students can continue to connect with our artefacts and stories online!

    Browse our online excursions, webinars for HSC students and teachers, and lesson plans.
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  • Holocaust survivor videos Hearing a Holocaust survivor tell their story of survival is a moving and inspiring experience.

    Their reflections on resilience, loss and rebuilding their lives can teach us so much about how to navigate the world and our shared humanity.

    Browse snippets of short and long testimony by some of our Holocaust survivors.
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  • Watch our talks from home Our online public talks are another way for you to engage with the Sydney Jewish Museum while our doors are temporarily closed.

    Follow us as we delve into the Museum’s collection, and interesting topics with a variety of speakers.
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  • Campaign for good On Human Rights Day, the Sydney Jewish Museum launches a campaign that urges people to practise small acts of kindness on an everyday basis to make the world a more accepting and welcoming place.

    The campaign aims to inspire those it touches to Be A Mensch, because right now the world needs more mensches.
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  • Where History Has A Voice The Sydney Jewish Museum is a living museum, where history is kept alive and dynamic to continue to speak to future generations in a way that will always resonate. Find out more

Online Teacher Training

Professional development delivered via webinar

Join our educators for a webinar from the comfort of your home to gain deeper understanding of the topics on the curriculum.

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Downloadable Lesson Plans

A range of resources to incorporate into your teaching materials

Sneak behind the scenes of the Museum to discover a range of case studies, videos, objects and images, that will help you bring history to life for your students.

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Explore the Museum through video

Head Curator Roslyn Sugarman talks about a suitcase on display from the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau

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Watch survivor testimonies

Holocaust survivor Olga Horak reflects the difficulties of forgiving and the importance of not having any hatred

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Listen to Eddie Jaku at home

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The documentary, The Happiest Man, tells the story of the personal journey of a 24-year old woman who flies from Germany to Sydney, Australia, to portrait the then 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku.

After more than 30 years of silence Eddie finally began speaking about his Holocaust experience and thereby teaches younger generations how happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times.

Bring Eddie’s positive messages into your home with the DVD of The Happiest Man.

Online library of survivor testimonies

Watch Video Testimonies

Hearing a Holocaust survivor tell their story of survival is a moving and inspiring experience. Their reflections on resilience, loss and rebuilding their lives can teach us so much about how to navigate the world and our shared humanity.

We invite you to browse the snippets of short and long testimony by some of our Holocaust survivors.

Be the voice for respect, empathy and a better world

Become a Member

In these challenging times, the Sydney Jewish Museum relies on the support of its Members to ensure the lessons from the Holocaust and human history, that are at the core of the Museum, continue to inspire people to be more empathetic, aware and driven to make positive change in the world.

This year, while the Museum has temporarily closed its doors due to COVID-19, membership is more important than ever to help us develop new and innovative projects, from online exhibitions to digitally delivered school programs.

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SJM blog

Survivor Portraits – Joe (Joseph) Symon

June 2, 2020

Joe was born 1925 in Budapest, Hungary. The skills he learned as a boy scout as a child helped him to survive the war.

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Remembering the victims of the Farhud

June 1, 2020

Remembering the victims of the Farhud Today we remember the victims of the Farhud (Arabic for “pogrom” or “violent dispossession”) which erupted on June 1, 1941 in Baghdad, Iraq. Over …

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A wedding in Theresienstadt

May 19, 2020

This is a story about the wedding of Otto Ehrmann and Elfi Felixova in Theresienstadt in 1943, before the young couple was to learn of their fates.

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Campaign for good

Now, more than ever, our societies need more individuals practising small acts of kindness on an everyday basis, working towards making the world a more accepting and welcoming place. In other words, we need more mensches.

Be A Mensch is a reminder of the impact that kindness, humility, integrity and personal responsibility can have on the world – small acts that can make a better society, one person at a time. Be A Mensch is a call for the lessons of history to inspire humanity and empathy.

A mensch, in Yiddish, is a person of integrity, morality, dignity, with a sense of what is right and responsible. But mensch is more than just an old Yiddish adage. It is relevant now, across the world, more than ever.

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Where History Has A Voice

The Sydney Jewish Museum’s tagline, “Where history has a voice”, distills the origins of the Museum and its mission that continues to transmit across generations.

The objects within the collection and on display in the Museum’s exhibitions tell compelling stories of their owners and contribute to the narratives that the Museum tells within its walls. Testimony, accessible digitally and face-to-face, anchors the objects in the display cases to real world events, and gives life and narrative to history.

The Sydney Jewish Museum is a living museum, where history is kept alive and dynamic to continue to speak to future generations in a way that will always resonate.

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