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“We must remember that every human being belonged to a mother, father, sister or brother. We have to let the young generations know: as humans we have a choice and the wisdom to decide what is good and what is evil.”
Lotte Weiss was born in 1923 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Lotte and her sisters were transported from Bratislava to Auschwitz in 1942. As the only survivor of her entire family, having escaped death a number of times, Lotte always attributed her survival to a series of miracles.
Lotte was one the founders of the Sydney Jewish Museum which opened its doors in 1992. Besides talking to school students, she also came to the Museum every Sunday for many years to tell her story to adult visitors.
Lotte's resilient spirit and passion for teaching future generations of the dangers of prejudice will live on in the Sydney Jewish Museum. She will be sadly missed by all the Museum family.
To learn more about Lotte and for more information on the memoir of her life, follow the link below.Learn More
Until the 15th century, most Jews lived in Islamic lands. This exhibition traces the lives of Jews living in the Middle East, Asia Minor, North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula from ancient times.
It tells a tapestry of stories from across these regions, of flourishing, tolerance, expulsion and displacement, as well as how these Jews have continued to celebrate their vibrant cultures in new places across the world.
Nostalgic Glimpses of a Bygone Era is an exhibition of paintings by Camille Fox, a Jewish artist who was born in the “golden era” in Alexandria, Egypt.
Camille has childhood memories of a charmed life in Egypt. She recalls memories of Mohammad, their ‘bawab’, who used to walk her to school, visiting her grandfather at his textile store in Anfushi, her grandmother sipping sweet black coffee in fine English porcelain cups and nibbling cakes in Alexandria’s finest tea rooms.
With emergent filming technologies and a partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation, six Australian Holocaust survivors will share their stories of history, hope, survival and resilience with visitors long into the future.
The final product of this major project will create a projection of each survivor. Using artificial intelligence and next generation language processing, the technology is trained to respond to audience questions in real-time, which will enable future museum visitors to converse with a Holocaust survivor as though they were standing in front of them.
We will be able to bring visitors well into the future some incredible, never-before-seen material and create meaningful, life-like encounters.Learn more
The Sydney Jewish Museum collection consists of over 12,000 artefacts and over 1,000 oral histories and testimonies.
The collection began when the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors approached their members in the late 1980s for Holocaust-related memorabilia to found a museum. When the Sydney Jewish Museum opened in 1992, these objects found a permanent home.
While our curators are constantly researching and updating records, where some items may not have been updated since their entry, we have taken the decision to make our collection open to you online.Discover collection
Our professional development webinars for teachers allows you to join our educators from the comfort of your home to gain deeper understanding of the topics on the curriculum.
Sneak behind the scenes of the Museum to discover a range of downloadable lesson plans, case studies, videos, objects and images, that will help you bring history to life for your students.
Head Curator Roslyn Sugarman talks about a suitcase on display from the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Holocaust survivor Olga Horak reflects the difficulties of forgiving and the importance of not having any hatred
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.Follow us on Instagram
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 had to temporarily close 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.
Holocaust survivor Leon Milch was born in 1932 in Podhajce, Poland, a vibrant town of 6000 people, of which half were Jewish. He and his brother lost both of their parents in the Holocaust.
The hidden ink sketches on Chaim Uryson A collection of eight ink sketches recently piqued our curators’ attention once more. These sketches in our collection were done by Polish Jewish …
Holocaust survivor Peter Reismann was born in 1939 in Budapest, Hungary. At 4 years old, he remembers hurrying into a dark and small bunker.
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. Distilling the origins of the Museum and its mission that continues to transmit across generations today.
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.Read More