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Music personalities: Q&A with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ Curator

This blog piece is the second of the series of conversations between our Curator of Collections Shannon Biederman and Assistant Curator at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Damian …

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Music technologies: Q&A with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ Curator

Our Curator of Collections Shannon Biederman sat down with Assistant Curator at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Damian McDonald, to talk about music technologies and how our new …

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Survivor Portraits – Peter Halas

Survivor Portraits – Peter Halas This month, we introduce Holocaust child survivor Peter Halas. Peter was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1939. Peter and his mother went into hiding with …

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What is “genocide”?

What is “genocide”? April is Genocide Awareness Month, and in recognition of this weighty time of the year, we thought it important to be aware not only of the horrific …

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“This year in Jerusalem”

This green-glazed ceramic Pesach Seder plate on display in the Sydney Jewish Museum’s Holocaust exhibition was given to Samuel Steif whilst he was in the Föhrenwald Displaced Persons Camp in …

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The prohibited photographs of Mauthausen

The prohibited photographs of Mauthausen Inside an album that recently came into the Sydney Jewish Museum’s possession are photographs of the horrors of Nazi aggression that that took place at …

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Survivor Portraits – Eva Engel

Survivor Portraits – Eva Engel This month, we introduce Holocaust child survivor Eva Engel. Eva was born in Vienna, Austria in 1932. After the Anschluss, the annexation of Austria to …

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Museum as Memorial

Museum as Memorial Recently, descendants of Janusz Korczak, the director of a Jewish orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto, dedicated a plaque in the Sydney Jewish Museum’s Sanctum of Remembrance in …

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Inclusive Education in the Museum

Inclusive Education in the Museum Here at the Sydney Jewish Museum, we welcome over 27,000 students every year. Teachers bring their classes to the Museum as part of numerous courses, …

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A love that emerged from darkness

A love that emerged from darkness On Valentine’s Day – a day that celebrates love and romance – we share a story of intense love that emerged from a period …

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Interview with Anne Zahalka

Interview with Anne Zahalka Anne Zahalka, acclaimed Australian artist, delves into vicarious traumas and her inherited memories of the Holocaust alongside Sylvia Griffin in our current contemporary art exhibition, The Fate of …

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Survivor Portraits – Ana Deleon

Survivor Portraits – Ana Deleon This month, we introduce Holocaust survivor Ana Deleon. Ana was born in 1935 in Subotica, Yugoslavia. In 1941, the Hungarian army occupied Subotica. Ana recalls …

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100 year-old Holocaust survivor reflects on the duty to remember

100 year-old Holocaust survivor reflects on the duty to remember Today, on the 31st of January 2019, Holocaust survivor Lena Goldstein (nee Midler) turned 100. Lena was born in 1919 …

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A milestone worth celebrating and collecting

A milestone worth celebrating and collecting A boy’s bar mitzvah and a girl’s bat mitzvah are rites of passage by Jewish law, and milestones in every young Jewish person’s life. …

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Survivor Portraits – Peter Nash

Survivor Portraits – Peter Nash This month we introduce Holocaust survivor Peter Nash. Peter was born as Peter Nachemstein in 1935 in Berlin, Germany. Shortly after Kristallnacht, the Night of …

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Interview with Sylvia Griffin

Interview with Sylvia Griffin Australian artist Sylvia Griffin has put her personal history and family’s traumas on display alongside Anne Zahalka’s in our current contemporary art exhibition, The Fate of …

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10th of Tevet

10th of Tevet Today, the 18th of December 2018, is the 10th of Tevet in the Hebrew calendar. This fast day commemorates the siege on Jerusalem by the Babylonian armies …

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Survivor Portraits – Kuba Enoch

Survivor Portraits – Kuba Enoch This month we introduce Kuba Enoch. Kuba was born in 1926 in Krakow, Poland. In 1939, when Kuba was 13 years old, Germany invaded Poland. …

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Chanukah Greetings

Chanukah Greetings Chanukah is a time when we remember the attempted suppression of Jewish culture and celebrate Jewish resistance and resilience. Chanukah of 1945 was the first time that Jewish refugees, …

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Survivor Portraits – Gaby de Leon

Survivor Portraits – Gaby de Leon This month we introduce Gaby de Leon. Gaby was born in 1927 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In April 1941, Yugoslavia was invaded by Axis powers. They …

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Museum Condemns Attack on Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh

Museum Condemns Attack on Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh In response to the attack on the congregation of The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday, the Sydney Jewish …

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Children’s Week 2018

Children’s Week 2018 This week is Children’s Week. Thousands of children from different locations and backgrounds come through the Sydney Jewish Museum every year with their schools. Most of them …

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Bobba Knows Best – A language without words

Bobba Knows Best – A language without words Grandmothers perform different roles in different families. Every grandchild will have a different name for their grandmother; something deriving from geographical origins, …

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Sydney Jewish Museum receives TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence

Sydney Jewish Museum receives TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence We are excited to announce that for the fifth consecutive year, the Sydney Jewish Museum has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of …

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KEEP THEIR VOICE ALIVE | Community Stories

KEEP THEIR VOICE ALIVE | Community Stories As the publishing arm of the Sydney Jewish Museum, Community Stories is frequently responsible for giving life to stories which might otherwise have …

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Survivor Portraits – Ilse Charny

Survivor Portraits – Ilse Charny This month we introduce Ilse Charny. Ilse was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1928. Ilse was born to a comfortable middle-class family. Her father, Salm Zilbersain, …

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KEEP THEIR VOICE ALIVE | The Children’s Memorial

KEEP THEIR VOICE ALIVE | The Children’s Memorial The Children’s Memorial is one of the more moving spaces in the Sydney Jewish Museum. Its function is to commemorate the 1.5 …

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KEEP THEIR VOICE ALIVE | The story of Eva Soschko

KEEP THEIR VOICE ALIVE | The story of Eva Soschko Not all Holocaust survivors can stand up and tell their story to adult and student groups. There are many survivors …

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History Week 2018 – Beneath the Art Deco Ceiling

History Week 2018 – Beneath the Art Deco Ceiling The theme of History Week for 2018 is Life and Death. This theme speaks intimately to the Sydney Jewish Museum, the …

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KEEP THEIR VOICE ALIVE | SJM Voices app

KEEP THEIR VOICE ALIVE | SJM Voices app Hearing a Holocaust survivor story is reported to be most impactful part of a visitor’s experience in the Sydney Jewish Museum. To …

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Survivor Portraits – Vera Faludi

Survivor Portraits – Vera Faludi This month we introduce Vera Faludi. Vera was born in 1929 in Sofia, Bulgaria. In Sofia, Vera attended an Italian pre-school, a Hungarian school, and …

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NAIDOC Week: William Cooper’s legacy

NAIDOC Week: William Cooper’s legacy This week is #NAIDOCWeek. The roots of NAIDOC Week can be traced back to the 1920s and 30s, when Aboriginal rights groups took formation and …

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Survivor Portraits – John Gruschka

Survivor Portraits – John Gruschka This month we introduce John Gruschka. John was born in Aussig, Czechoslovakia in 1924. John grew up in the German-speaking park of Czechoslovakia, where there …

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International Museum Workers Day: A Profile on Resident Historian Konrad Kwiet

International Museum Workers Day: A Profile on Resident Historian Konrad Kwiet Thursday 28 June is International Museum Workers Day. On this day, we recognise our longest serving staff member, Resident …

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World Refugee Day: Bridging the gap

World Refugee Day: Bridging the gap Today is World Refugee Day: an annual global day of commemoration and a vehicle through which to raise awareness about issues affecting refugees. It …

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Holocaust survivor awarded Order of Australia Medal

Holocaust survivor awarded Order of Australia Medal The Sydney Jewish Museum is proud to announce that Holocaust survivor Yvonne Engelman, long-serving volunteer at the Sydney Jewish Museum since its inception …

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Survivor Portraits – Tom Fleming

Survivor Portraits – Tom Fleming This month we introduce Tom Fleming. Tom was born in 1938 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. With a twinkle in his eye and a mischievous grin on …

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A Profile of Eleanor Roosevelt

A Profile of Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt – wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt –  was an outspoken public figure in her own right.  Fiercely independent, she was an author, …

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A rare coincidence – Shavuot

A rare coincidence – Shavuot Did you know that Shavuot is the only biblical festival that does not have a specific date prescribed in the Torah? Instead, the Torah merely …

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Justice in Australia – A special visitor

Justice in Australia – A special visitor Recently, a visitor to the Sydney Jewish Museum revealed that he had worked as a Senior Investigator for the Special Investigations Unit of …

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