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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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Did You Know: The Polish Catholic midwife of Auschwitz

Did You Know: The Polish Catholic midwife of Auschwitz Did You Know? Polish Catholic midwife Stanisława Leszczyńska delivered 3,000 babies in Auschwitz from 1940-1945. Stanisława Leszczyńska was born in Lodz, …

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“It’s just what is in your heart”

“It’s just what is in your heart” Recently, a visitor to the Museum reminded us, and Holocaust survivor Olga Horak, of the importance of sharing poignant stories of suffering and …

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Survivor Portraits – Francine Lazarus

Survivor Portraits – Francine Lazarus This month we introduce Holocaust survivor Francine Lazarus. Francine was born in 1938 in Ixelles, 2 years before the Nazis invaded Belgium. Belgium was invaded …

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On the Ship that Launched a Nation

On the Ship that Launched a Nation When our curators delved into the Museum archive to select some of the most intriguing, unexpected objects in the collection for our current …

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Anzac Day – A day of remembrance

Anzac Day – A day of remembrance Anzac Day is a day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, that honours those who served and died in wars and conflicts. …

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Yom HaShoah – We Remember

Yom HaShoah – We Remember This week, we commemorated Yom HaShoah and remember the victims of the Holocaust. Every day the education team at the Sydney Jewish Museum facilitates conversations …

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Toilet humour

Toilet humour Hitler’s black ‘toothbrush’ moustache is an easily identifiable feature of this dictator’s face. Numerous cartoonists satirise his distinctive features. David Low, a prominent New Zealand political cartoonist and …

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Survivor Portraits – Egon Sonnenschein

Survivor Portraits – Egon Sonnenschein This month we introduce Egon Sonnenschein. Egon was born in 1930 in Ptuj, Yugoslavia. Egon came of age as a fugitive. The softly spoken individual …

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Judaica with an Australian twist is rare to come by

Judaica with an Australian twist is rare to come by With Pesach around the corner, the Sydney Jewish Museum is excited to have acquired a rare and possibly unique item …

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Ruby Rich, a pioneering Jewish feminist

Ruby Rich, a pioneering Jewish feminist To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are celebrating a Jewish feminist who was active decades before Australia’s Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960s and …

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Survivor Portraits – Helena (Lena) Goldstein

Survivor Portraits – Helena (Lena) Goldstein This month we introduce Helena (Lena) Goldstein. Lena was born in 1919 in Lublin, Poland. She was moved to the Warsaw ghetto, from which …

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The modern day Haman and an ironic remnant

The modern day Haman and an ironic remnant Visitors to the Museum may notice a damaged scroll in a cabinet next to our Kristallnacht display. What might the relationship be …

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“Man’s desire for peace lies behind this Declaration.”

“Man’s desire for peace lies behind this Declaration.” “Man’s desire for peace lies behind this Declaration. The realisation that the flagrant violation of human rights by Nazi and Fascist countries …

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Survivor Portraits – George Grojnowski

Survivor Portraits – George Grojnowski This month, we introduce Holocaust survivor George Grojnowski. George was born in Radziejow, Poland, in 1927, and was incarcerated in Radziejow Ghetto, Czestochowa Ghetto, Rakow …

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A Tribute to Mala Sonnabend

A Tribute to Mala Sonnabend This weekend we commemorate the UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Liberation of Auschwitz. To remember Holocaust survivor Mala Sonnabend, who was liberated from …

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Material evidence

Material evidence Last month, Dr Sofia Pantouvaki, Professor of Costume Design, Aalto University, Helsinki visited the Sydney Jewish Museum. She met with survivors and viewed our collection of concentration camp …

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