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A timeless tale of Viennese Cuisine

As a rule, the Sydney Jewish Museum Curators are discerning about books accessioned into the collection.  Most donated texts are redirected to the library, unless they are particularly rare or …

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Professor Michael Berenbaum

It’s been wonderful having Professor Michael Berenbaum at the Museum this week.  For those of you who don’t know him, he is a preeminent Holocaust historian maybe best known to …

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Behind the scenes

The Museum is still an active building site filled with scaffolding; carpenters and builders, painters and electricians are everywhere. The exhibition designer, Jisuk Han, is checking specifications, making minor adjustments …

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Too busy to blog…

“Too busy to blog” –  so say our indomitable re-development team who are currently in the bowels of the building making final changes to the exhibition text. In lieu of an insightful …

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Decoding ‘Digital’

Digital. A word that is likely to strike fear into the hearts of purists and luddites the world over. An appreciation of digital media does not have to be relegated …

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74,746 words and counting…

74, 746. The number of words in this exhibition. Over the past three weeks our extraordinary and indefatigable copy editor, Marie-Louise Bethune and I have poured over these 74,746 words, …

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Where do we begin?

One of the most challenging aspects of creating a comprehensive narrative of the history of the Holocaust is figuring out where to begin! While collective in its nature, experiences differed dramatically …

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Keeping the faith

There are two prayer books earmarked for the new exhibition – the owners of whom did not know one another at the time of acquisition.  Both, imprisoned in Auschwitz, were …

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The ‘Glamour’ of Image Acquisition

At last I can see the light at the end of the tunnel – copyright and image procurement is almost complete!  All that remains are 2 images for the exhibition …

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The Voices of Human Rights Leaders

In an exciting development, some of Australia’s foremost leaders in human rights have signed up to work with Sydney Jewish Museum on our new exhibition. As my colleague Marie Bonardelli …

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Learning to let go

In the countdown to the exhibition opening there are lots of little deadlines. Today I feel like a huge weight has been lifted as we are getting close to signing …

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Surveying the scene

Yesterday, Museum curators and staff toured the construction site to see how work has been progressing. While previous visits tended to be characterised by rubble and debris, this time around the …

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‘Safely in, safely out’ philosophies of Holocaust Education

How do we bring students and visitors safely in and out of this history? Listen to Education Officer Marie Bonardelli explain the Museum’s education philosophy. Text:  Hi I’m Marie Bonardelli, one …

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‘Selling’ the Holocaust

When I reveal to new acquaintances that I am the Marketing Manager at Sydney Jewish Museum, I am often met with one of three reactions: Confusion, followed by probing questions …

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It takes a village…

Adding names to the acknowledgments list for the new exhibition the other day, I was struck by the extraordinary number of people who have contributed to our work. Academics, professionals, …

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Filming History

An aspect of the new exhibition that I am particularly excited about is the use of historical footage. In the previous exhibition, snippets of footage were interspersed with Survivor testimony, …

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