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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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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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Judaica with an Australian twist is rare to come by

Judaica with an Australian twist is rare to come by With Pesach around the corner, the Sydney Jewish Museum is excited to have acquired a rare and possibly unique item …

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Ruby Rich, a pioneering Jewish feminist

Ruby Rich, a pioneering Jewish feminist To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are celebrating a Jewish feminist who was active decades before Australia’s Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960s and …

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Survivor Portraits – Helena (Lena) Goldstein

Helena (Lena) Goldstein was born in 1919 in Lublin, Poland. She was moved to the Warsaw ghetto, from which she eventually escaped.

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The modern day Haman and an ironic remnant

The modern day Haman and an ironic remnant Visitors to the Museum may notice a damaged scroll in a cabinet next to our Kristallnacht display. What might the relationship be …

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“Man’s desire for peace lies behind this Declaration.”

“Man’s desire for peace lies behind this Declaration.” “Man’s desire for peace lies behind this Declaration. The realisation that the flagrant violation of human rights by Nazi and Fascist countries …

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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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The sinister banknote

The sinister banknote Education Officer and Currency Aficionado, Simon Holloway, lets you in on some facts about one of the world’s lesser known, and incredibly short-lived, currencies. Focusing on the …

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Tracing the roots of Greek Jewry

Tracing the roots of Greek Jewry Our current Temporary Exhibition, The Jews of Greece, tells the rich and little-known story of Greek Jewry through photography and documentary film. Here is …

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“…no trace of Rudi”

“…no trace of Rudi” Every object tells a different story. Recently the Museum accessioned a diary which was penned by Holocaust survivor Elisabeth Epstein (nee Steiner). Those who knew her …

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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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Celebrating 25 years

Celebrating 25 years Saturday 18 November marked the Sydney Jewish Museum’s momentous 25th birthday. Moving into our 26th year, we are taking some time to reflect upon the formative years …

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Greetings for a sweet New Year

Greetings for a sweet New Year The exchanging of Jewish New Year greetings goes back centuries. With the industrial revolution printing became inexpensive and entrepreneurs began selling cards printed specifically …

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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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Holocaust survivor, society darling and acclaimed portrait artist

Holocaust survivor, society darling and acclaimed portrait artist ‘’I always say God paints the last brushstroke on my portraits, because I leave them to mature for a few weeks after …

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Save our history

Save our history When the Museum opened nearly 25 years ago, the Holocaust Survivors initiated a collection of Holocaust related material by donating precious objects and images. These personal belongings …

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‘You have nothing to lose but your cultural cringe’

‘You have nothing to lose but your cultural cringe’ The Museum has recently acquired the first ever issue of POL, a cutting edge magazine which expressed the preoccupations of a …

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