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Mensches, movers and shakers: Dr Kerryn Phelps AM

Melanie and Sarah Penicka-Smith tell us how they are creating positive change in the LGBTQI+ space.

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Righteous Among the Nations as mensches: Siek and Anna Attema

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.

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Survivor Portraits – Susan Warhaftig

Susan Warhaftig was born in 1937 in Vienna, Austria. She went into hiding in Hungary with her mother.

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Mensches, movers and shakers: Genevieve Clay-Smith

Genevieve Clay-Smith tells us about making film industry more representative and inclusive of people with disabilities.

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Auschwitz: The exchange of belongings

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?

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Mensches, movers and shakers: Melanie and Sarah Penicka-Smith

Melanie and Sarah Penicka-Smith tell us how they are creating positive change in the LGBTQI+ space.

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Survivor Portraits – Mimi Wise

Mimi Wise was born in Milan, Italy, in 1937. As a baby, Mimi moved with her family to France.

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Shoes: a matter of life or death

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.

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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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Survivor Portraits – George Sternfeld

George Sternfeld was born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland, and fled with his family to Siberia in 1940.

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The beginnings of the Museum building

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 …

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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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