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From Kristallnacht to King Street

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 …

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Learn the History – Who is a Jew?

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 …

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The Photographer of ‘I Met a Survivor’ – Nadine Saacks

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 …

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Learn the History – Why did Jews not leave Germany when the Nazis came to power?

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 …

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Helping us get inspiring projects off the ground

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 …

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A tapestry of a decade’s stories

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 …

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Learn the History – Defining the Holocaust

Learn the History – Defining the Holocaust In this new monthly blog series, Learn the History, our Resident Historian Emeritus Professor Konrad Kwiet will dive into aspects of Holocaust history …

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What is “genocide”?

What is “genocide”? April is Genocide Awareness Month, and in recognition of this weighty time of the year, we thought it important to be aware not only of the horrific …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Egon Sonnenschein was born in 1930 in Ptuj, Yugoslavia. Egon was ten years old when Germany attacked Yugoslavia in April 1941.

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Survivor Portraits – George Grojnowski

George Grojnowski was born in Radziejow, Poland, in 1927, and was incarcerated in Radziejow Ghetto, Czestochowa Ghetto, Rakow Labour Camp and Buchenwald during the course of WWII.

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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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Survivor Portraits – Paul Drexler

Paul Drexler was born in 1938 in Spacince, Slovakia. Paul was in hiding until 1944, when, at the age of 6, he was deported to Theresienstadt.

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Survivor Portraits – Jacqueline Dale

Jacqueline Dale was born in 1931 in Paris. She was hidden in an orphanage from 1942 until liberation.

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Can you spot a fake?

Can you spot a fake? Star of David armband worn by ghetto police (fake) and Jewish ghetto police desk seal (fake) If you were shopping in a market in Thailand …

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