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In love and Auschwitz

In love and Auschwitz This is an intriguing story of resistance and survival. Born in 1914 in a small Polish village, Salem Schott moved with his family to Berlin after …

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A pair of pants from Auschwitz

A pair of pants from Auschwitz “It is amazing what treasures can be found sitting in the back shed or the garage*. Today we received an extraordinary donation of an …

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I need a hero…

“If a person destroys one life, it is as if they have destroyed the entire world. And if a person saves one life, it is as if they have saved …

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What a lot of nonsense

What a lot of nonsense Speakers of Yiddish will be well familiar with the term bobba mayseh. Often mistranslated as “an old wife’s tale” (from bobba = “grandmother” and mayseh …

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Graphic Art and the Struggle to Represent the Holocaust

Graphic Art and the Struggle to Represent the Holocaust One of the most rewarding experiences for members of the education department is the opportunity to work closely with teachers in …

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The art of interpretation

The art of interpretation For this year’s Design Thinking day, the Museum commissioned Year 10 students from the Wenona School to create a graphic novel strip based on the testimony …

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‘Jewish Wizards’ and where to find them

‘Jewish Wizards’ and where to find them Throughout pre-modern history, death was a familiar visitor in the home. Even as late as the 18th century, poorer families in Europe could …

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The League of Nations

The League of Nations The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child, and at the SJM it has taken a league of nations to build our …

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Still too busy to blog…

Still too busy to blog… It’s not unusual these days to see our curators caked in dust, ferrying wads of paper around and consulting with construction workers. In lieu of a …

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Vale Edith Szanto

Vale Edith Szanto I met Edith more than ten years ago one Sunday morning in shopping centre of all places. There she was, sitting next to me as I had …

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Inside the autograph book

Inside the autograph book   The autograph book above was donated to the museum by Yola Schneider (nee Rawdin). It was presented to her new, at the school she attended …

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A timeless tale of Viennese Cuisine

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, …

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Professor Michael Berenbaum

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 …

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Behind the scenes

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, …

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Too busy to blog…

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 …

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Decoding ‘Digital’

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 …

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74,746 words and counting…

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 …

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Where do we begin?

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 …

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Keeping the faith

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 …

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The ‘Glamour’ of Image Acquisition

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 …

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The Voices of Human Rights Leaders

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 …

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Learning to let go

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 …

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Surveying the scene

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 …

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‘Safely in, safely out’ philosophies of Holocaust Education

‘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 …

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‘Selling’ the Holocaust

‘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 …

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It takes a village…

It takes a village… Adding names to the acknowledgements list for the new exhibition the other day, I was struck by the extraordinary number of people who have contributed to …

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Filming History

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 …

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Giving voice to the voiceless

Giving voice to the voiceless It’s been four years since I joined the Education team at the Sydney Jewish Museum, and I continue to feel an enormous sense of privilege …

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Art and the new exhibition

Art and the new exhibition The new Holocaust exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for us to show more of our collection. More than 300 artefacts will be displayed thus doubling …

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What’s Australia Got to Do with It?

What’s Australia Got to Do with It? Ever wondered whether Australia has to do with the Holocaust? You are not alone. Most Australians commonly associate their country’s involvement with WWII …

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When the jackhammers fall silent

When the jackhammers fall silent Some time has passed since the jackhammers moved in, and the Museum team has started to see its vision become a reality. While the builders bustle away, the upgrade team …

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The Complexity of the Camp System

The Complexity of the Camp System What do you do when approached to provide the research for a state-of-the-art interactive on the camp system for Sydney’s new Holocaust exhibition? If …

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A picture worth a thousand words

A picture worth a thousand words For the past few years, the exhibition team has been pouring over thousands of images, debating which one is best suited for each section. …

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Educating in the new exhibition

Educating in the new exhibition            After a busy 2015, which saw the Museum host a record 25,000 school students, we certainly have not lost any momentum. …

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Inside the archives

Inside the archives When the Museum opened in 1992, it had only been collecting memorabilia from Survivors for a year or so. Thus it is not surprising to hear that …

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A Generational Shift is Underway

A Generational Shift is Underway Work has begun on the new permanent Holocaust exhibition at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Marking the first major redevelopment of the Holocaust display since its …

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Construction Commences

Construction Commences    On Monday 11th April, builders began the process of dismantling the existing Holocaust exhibition. This was a sad and confronting experience for the Survivors who founded the …

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Emptying the showcases

Emptying the showcases Working with artefacts can be distressing for our curators, especially when handling material related to the perpetrators of a mass murder. As the curators take down the …

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In the beginning…

In the beginning…    Much has changed since the Museum’s Holocaust exhibition was conceived, constructed and opened on the 18th November, 1992. The Holocaust Survivor founders have aged, many have passed …

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Introducing the team

Introducing the team   An immense amount of preparation and research has gone into this project, and as the saying goes, it has taken a village. Below are some of …

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