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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 his face, you can still …

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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, humanitarian, and champion of diverse …

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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 instructs that Shavuot must fall …

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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 the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, which was set …

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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, Poland, living in relative peace until the Nazi of …

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“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 survival with younger generations. Some months after …

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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 on 10 May 1940, after …

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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 temporary exhibition, Unseen Untold: Our Curious Collection, they …

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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. In our current exhibition, Unseen Untold: Our …

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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 between Holocaust survivors and school …

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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 caricaturist living …

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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 was a child of 10 …

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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

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 1970s. Ruby Rich came from a …

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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 she eventually escaped. Lena was recruited …

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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 between the destruction of Jewish homes and property …

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“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 sowed the seeds of the last world war …

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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 Labour Camp and Buchenwald during …

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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 Auschwitz II-Birkenau and recently passed …

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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 garments. Her …

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