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Jacob ‘Kuba’ Enoch was born in 1926 in Krakow, Poland. During the Holocaust, he was incarcerated in the Krakow Ghetto, Plaszow concentration camp, Ostrowiec, Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Following liberation from Buchenwald, Kuba was amongst 300 young survivors taken by the Red Cross to recover in Switzerland.
In 1948 Kuba arrived in Australia to begin his new life. Here he met his wife Kitty, and she helped him find employment as a mechanic. Reflecting on the past did not dull his optimism or his humanity. With four children and eleven grandchildren, Kuba insisted only that life is well lived, in remembrance of those who were denied such a privilege.
“They tried to eradicate all the Jewish people in Europe… We stand here today as proud Jews. Hitler did not win. We will continue to flourish.”
Kuba started volunteering at the Sydney Jewish Museum as a survivor guide in 2011.
He will be very sadly missed by the Museum family and we wish his family long life.
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The support of our members is essential to ensure the Sydney Jewish Museum can continue to educate and inspire students, teachers and general visitors on the history of the Holocaust and the important messages of Holocaust survivors. Our work inspires our audiences to be more empathetic, aware and driven to make positive change in the world.
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
Acclaimed Australian artist Wendy Sharpe will take over the walls of Sydney Jewish Museum’s gallery space, using a large-scale painted mural to tell her family’s stories from their Ukrainian hometown of Kamianets-Podilskyi.
An exhibition that traces the history of the Holocaust through artefacts and personal testimony. The exhibition also recounts the new lives forged by survivors after their arrival in Australia and their contribution to the rich, multicultural fabric of Australian life.
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
A small ‘autograph book’ or ‘friendship album’ kept by a young German girl came into our possession in 2015: it had been rescued from obscurity from a second-hand bookshop in Bondi in the mid-1980s. How it came to be there one can only speculate.
These silver Judaica items tell a story of a lost religious world. They survived the Holocaust and post-war communism, and were smuggled out from Hungary to Australia, one by one, in the 1980s.
If you are in need of inspiration today, here are words from four Holocaust survivors on resilience, perspective, happiness and humour.
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