Anne Frank’s birthday: Stories of hiding
June 11, 2020
Anne Frank’s birthday: stories of hiding Today, on Anne Frank’s birthday, we are taking time to reflect on the experiences of Jewish men, women and children in hiding during the …
From Dunera to D-Day
June 5, 2020
On the anniversary of D-Day, we tell the story of Barney Barnett; a Jewish soldier who survived D-Day and fought against Nazi Germany until he was captured.
Survivor Portraits – Joe (Joseph) Symon
June 2, 2020
Joe was born 1925 in Budapest, Hungary. The skills he learned as a boy scout as a child helped him to survive the war.
Remembering the victims of the Farhud
June 1, 2020
Remembering the victims of the Farhud Today we remember the victims of the Farhud (Arabic for “pogrom” or “violent dispossession”) which erupted on June 1, 1941 in Baghdad, Iraq. Over …
A wedding in Theresienstadt
May 19, 2020
This is a story about the wedding of Otto Ehrmann and Elfi Felixova in Theresienstadt in 1943, before the young couple was to learn of their fates.
The stories behind the pink triangle
May 15, 2020
On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia we reflect on the untold testimonies from the persecuted LGBTIQ community during the Holocaust.
Jewish Doctors – Combatting Diseases During the Holocaust
May 8, 2020
As long as and wherever Jews were allowed to live during the Holocaust, Jewish doctors were indispensable. They also had a slightly higher chance of survival than other professionals.
Newfound friendships in isolation
May 5, 2020
While many Holocaust survivors are feeling isolated right now, we have launched a Pen Pal Project to connect students and Holocaust survivors with one another through letter writing during these uncertain times.
Survivor Portraits – Helen Studencki
May 1, 2020
Helen Studencki was born in Radymno, Poland during World War II. She survived the war initially in a ghetto, and then in hiding.
The diary of Harold Collins: “I have seen dead men laying about by the 100”
April 24, 2020
On Anzac Day, we dive into the diary of Jewish Australian soldier in the First World War, Harold Collins to learn more about his war-time experiences.
Out of Egypt
April 22, 2020
For the Jews of Egypt in the mid-twentieth century, the Passover story was not just a mythical story. This was their story. As a Sephardi Jewish girl born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1939, this was also my story.
Perspectives on the liberation of Bergen-Belsen
April 14, 2020
Perspectives on the liberation of Bergen-Belsen When Bergen-Belsen was liberated on 15 April 1945, a horrific landscape of death and suffering was revealed. News reels, photographs and sketches showed indescribable …
Wash your hands!
April 7, 2020
Wash your hands! Handwashing is front and centre of media messaging right now, so we would like to explore the Jewish religious fixation on the frequent ritual washing of one’s …
A Sephardi Seder Tradition
April 7, 2020
A Sephardi Seder Tradition The rituals of Pesach, or Passover, are observed and interpreted in different ways by different Jewish communities from across the world. In anticipation of the Sydney …
Survivor Portraits – Eddie Jaku OAM
April 3, 2020
Eddie Jaku was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1920 to a loving family that regarded themselves as “Germans first and foremost, and Jewish only in [their] home”. That all changed when Hitler came to power.
Celebrating one of the strong women in the Purim story
March 6, 2020
Celebrating one of the strong women in the Purim story On International Women’s Day, and on the eve of Purim, we look at one of the powerful women in the …
Survivor Portraits – Peter Rossler
March 5, 2020
Peter was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1930, and was nine years old when Germany invaded Czechoslovakia. Life as Peter knew it began to change.
Australia – A Territorial Solution of the Jewish Problem
March 4, 2020
In April 1938 – following the Anschluss, or annexation, of Austria into Hitler’s Great Germanic Empire – a bizarre plan was hatched which has evaded history books. On the eve of the Holocaust, Australia was selected as a suitable site for solving the ‘Jewish Problem’.
4 ways to create more inclusive habits
February 25, 2020
4 ways to create more inclusive habits To celebrate Mardi Gras this year, we are exploring ways that individuals can become more aware and more inclusive of people within the …
Deena Yako’s story
February 7, 2020
Deena Yako fled Iraq with her family at the age of nine and works to support young refugees in Australia.
Survivor Portraits – Jack Meister
January 31, 2020
Jack was born in Kielce, Poland, in 1928. He was 11 years old when the Nazis came, and that marked the end of his childhood.
What happened after the evacuation and liberation of Auschwitz?
January 21, 2020
On 27 January 1945, Russian soldiers liberated 4,800 inmates from Auschwitz. The day has been chosen by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. But what is far less known – what happened after the evacuation and liberation of Auschwitz?
Mensches, movers and shakers: Dr Kerryn Phelps AM
January 17, 2020
Dr Kerryn Phelps talks about how she continues to strive for change in public policy and her advice for young, emerging leaders.
Righteous Among the Nations as mensches: Siek and Anna Attema
January 3, 2020
Siek and Anna Attema were Dutch farmers who selflessly hid Mia Polak and her sister for two years on their farm in Holland, during WWII.
Survivor Portraits – Susan Warhaftig
December 27, 2019
Susan Warhaftig was born in 1937 in Vienna, Austria. She went into hiding in Hungary with her mother.
Mensches, movers and shakers: Genevieve Clay-Smith
December 27, 2019
Genevieve Clay-Smith tells us about making film industry more representative and inclusive of people with disabilities.
Auschwitz: The exchange of belongings
December 19, 2019
So many Jewish people deported to camps brought their most valuable and sentimental possessions with them to the camps. Where did they believe they were going, and what became of their precious belongings?
Mensches, movers and shakers: Melanie and Sarah Penicka-Smith
December 19, 2019
Melanie and Sarah Penicka-Smith tell us how they are creating positive change in the LGBTQI+ space.
Survivor Portraits – Mimi Wise
December 2, 2019
Mimi Wise was born in Milan, Italy, in 1937. As a baby, Mimi moved with her family to France.
Shoes: a matter of life or death
November 21, 2019
A small shoe that once belonged to a young child tells a much larger story. Shoes, in many cases, were a matter of life and death for inmates at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
From Kristallnacht to King Street
November 4, 2019
From Kristallnacht to King Street On 9 November 1938, Nazi party members engaged in a program of bloody pogroms across Germany and Austria that became known as Kristallnacht (Night of …
Learn the History – Who is a Jew?
November 4, 2019
Learn the History – Who is a Jew? In order to understand the complex answer to the question ‘Who is a Jew?’, one has to look at the many sources …
Survivor Portraits – George Sternfeld
November 1, 2019
George Sternfeld was born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland, and fled with his family to Siberia in 1940.
The beginnings of the Museum building
October 25, 2019
The beginnings of the Museum building Did you know that the building in which the Sydney Jewish Museum is housed has an interesting history of its own before it became …
The origins of the ‘scapegoat’
October 8, 2019
The origins of the ‘scapegoat’ Did you know the history of the word ‘scapegoat’? It was first coined in the 16th century to describe the ritual animals that the Jewish …
The Photographer of ‘I Met a Survivor’ – Nadine Saacks
October 3, 2019
The Photographer of ‘I Met a Survivor’ – Nadine Saacks Nadine Saacks is a photographer with a passion for documenting people’s stories through images. To bring the concept for ‘I …
Survivor Portraits – Kitty Lowinger
October 2, 2019
Kitty Lowinger was born in 1941 in Budapest, Hungary. Kitty was three years old when Germany invaded Hungary.
Learn the History – Why did Jews not leave Germany when the Nazis came to power?
September 19, 2019
Learn the History – Why did Jews not leave Germany when the Nazis came to power? In this monthly blog series, Learn the History, our Resident Historian Emeritus Professor Konrad …
Helping us get inspiring projects off the ground
September 10, 2019
Helping us get inspiring projects off the ground All projects start with a spark of inspiration. This is how the powerful collection of photographs that makes up I Met a …
A tapestry of a decade’s stories
September 4, 2019
A tapestry of a decade’s stories This large tapestry of an idyllic medieval landscape recently came into our collection, bringing with it a complex and tumultuous story. Behind the colourful …