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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

Eva Engel was born in Vienna, Austria in 1932. After the Anschluss in 1938, her family escaped to Zurich.

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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

Ana Deleon was born in 1935 in Subotica, Yugoslavia. Ana was 8 years old when her family was moved to a ghetto.

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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

Peter Nash was born in 1935 in Berlin, Germany. In 1939, he and his family left for Shanghai, China.

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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

Kuba Enoch 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

Gaby de Leon was born in 1927 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In April 1941, when the Axis powers invaded, his family was caught in the German zone.

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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

Ilse Charny was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1928. Ilse arrived with her family in Shanghai when she was 10 years old.

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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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The story of Eva Soschko

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 who are not necessarily the …

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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

Vera Faludi was born in 1929 in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the end of 1939, Jewish children were banned from German schools, and Vera moved to a French school run by nuns.

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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

John Gruschka was born in Aussig, Czechoslovakia in 1924. John’s family made a hurried exit to the Czech capital of Prague in 1938.

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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

Tom Fleming was born in 1938 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. He was six years old when he was imprisoned in the Theresienstadt ghetto.

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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

Francine Lazarus was born in 1938 in Ixelles, Belgium. She was two years old when the Nazis invaded Belgium.

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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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