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A sacred memory, never to be forgotten

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Avril Alba, SJM Director of Education with her Excellency Quentin BryceOn Sunday 14 June, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia officially opened the Sydney Jewish Museum newly refurbished ground floor and launched the Visual History Archive of Holocaust testimonies recorded by almost 2,500 of the Survivors who settled in Australia.

Her Excellency was taken on a tour of the Museum and was visibly moved by the experience. Her Excellency declared, “The images and objects you house here, though stilled and softened by time, are profound in their impact. Each one delivers a story, a past, a warning. Each one holds a scared memory, never to be forgotten.”

Marika Weinberger OAM, SJM Vice-President introducing to Her Excellency the very moving Children’s Memorial Alex Linden, SJM Treasurer; Barry O’Farrell MP, Leader of the NSW Opposition, Margaret Gutman OAM, SJM Board Member and Peter Debnam MP, Member for Wentworth, on a tour of the refurbished ground floor. Barbara Solomon, SJM Board Member with the Honourable Tanya Plibersek, Federal Minister for Housing & Minister for the Status of Women, representing the Prime Minister. Paul Drexler, SJM Board Member with City of Sydney Councillor Phillip Black and Diane Drexler, SJM Volunteer. John Landerer CBE AM, SJM President addressing the large audience of dignitaries and Museum Volunteers.
Norman Seligman, SJM CEO; John Roth, SJM Immediate Past President; Marika Weinberger OAM, SJM Vice-President; Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC and John Landerer CBE AM, SJM President viewing with pride, the plaque commemorating the official opening. Anna Berger and Rebecca Finger, SJM Board Members with Councillor Bruce Notley-Smith, Mayor of Randwick Council.    

John Landerer CBE AM expressed, “We are honoured that Her Excellency has been able to join us to celebrate these auspicious milestones in the history of the Sydney Jewish Museum.” He further explained “Education is the central focus and ultimate aim of all exhibitions and programs at the Sydney Jewish Museum.  ...  In 2008 approximately 13,500 school students visited the Sydney Jewish Museum and we are aiming to end 2009 closer to 15,000.”

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