The Holocaust Memorial Museum – Sacred Secular Space reveals and traces the transformation of ancient Jewish symbols, rituals, archetypes and narratives deployed in these sites. Demonstrating how cloaking the ‘secular’ history of the Holocaust in sacred garb, memorial museums generate redemptive yet conflicting visions of the meaning and utility of Holocaust memory.
Dr Avril Alba is Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation at the University of Sydney, Australia. From 2002-2011 she was the Education Director at the Sydney Jewish Museum where she also served as the Project Director/Curator for the refurbishment of the Sydney Jewish Museum’s permanent exhibition ‘Culture and Continuity’. She teaches, researches and consults in the areas of Holocaust representation, Jewish and museum studies.