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The origins of the ‘scapegoat’

The origins of the ‘scapegoat’ Did you know the word ‘scapegoat’ is a word coined in the 16th century to describe the ritual animals that the Jewish community placed their …

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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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Survivor Portraits – Kitty Lowinger

Kitty Lowinger was born in 1941 in Budapest, Hungary. Kitty was three years old when Germany invaded Hungary.

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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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Survivor Portraits – Litzi Lemberg

Litzi Lemberg was born in 1939 in Vienna, Austria. She was a baby when World War II began.

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The Two of Us: Joe Symon and Juliane Michaels

The Two of Us: Joe Symon and Juliane Michaels In time for Father’s Day, we sat down with father and daughter Joe Symon and Juliane Michaels, who both give their time …

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Bring success through empathy

Bring success through empathy Businesses that champion empathy and emotional intelligence outperform those businesses that do not by 20%, according to the Harvard Business Review. However, in times of rapid …

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Survivor Portraits – Olga Horak

Olga Horak was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1926. She was 14 when the war broke out in 1939.

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Introducing students to the Holocaust sensitively

Introducing students to the Holocaust sensitively With the duty of teaching young student visitors about the Holocaust comes the responsibility of our Museum Educators to convey a complex history of …

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Survivor Portraits – Yvonne Halas

Yvonne Halas’ life began in war time, as she was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1942.

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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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Fifty five years of Fiddler on stage

Fifty five years of Fiddler on stage Fifty five years ago, in 1964, the catchy, wise musings of Tevye the Dairyman burst onto the Broadway stage. The lyrics and script …

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Survivor Portraits – Magda Forbath

Magda Forbath was born in 1943 in Budapest, Hungary. When Magda was six months old the Germans entered Hungary.

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Music personalities: Q&A with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ Curator

Music personalities: Q&A with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ Curator This blog piece is the second of the series of conversations between our Curator of Collections Shannon Biederman and …

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Music technologies: Q&A with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ Curator

Music technologies: Q&A with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ Curator Our Curator of Collections Shannon Biederman sat down with Assistant Curator at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, …

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Survivor Portraits – Peter Halas

Peter Halas was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1939. He and his mother went into hiding when Germany invaded Hungary.

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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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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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