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27 July at 3pm – The Jews of Rhodes Island

The Sydney Jewish Museum in conjunction with the Order of Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association NSW & NZ  invite you to attend a commemoration of  the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Jewish community from the island of Rhodes in July 1944.

Mr Vic Alhadeff, whose family originates from the island and many of whose members perished in the Shoah, will present a lecture.


A premiere screening - August 19th and 20th

JIFF will present the Sydney Premiere screenings of the Imperial War Museums (IWM) German Concentration Camps Factual Survey at Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction.

After the screening, the Sydney Jewish Museum's resident historian Emeritus Professor Konrad Kwiet will feature on a Q&A panel with Dr Toby Haggith and Professor Danielle Celermajer.

For more information or to book tickets click here.


Past Events


20 July at 2pm – Remember Me with Harry Fransman

Mr Harry J Fransman was born in Rotterdam in 1922. After the Dutch capitulation to the Germans in May 1944, Harry and his family moved to The Hague.

Harry was sent to a work camp before being transported to Westerbork. A short time later he was taken to Blechhammer, a sub-camp of Auschwitz, where he was held for three years.

In 1945 Harry was forced on a death march to Gross Rosen and then put on a train to Buchenwald, but managed to escape by jumping out of the train into the snow.

An exhibition of drawings commissioned by Harry are currently on display in the Museum. The drawings depict his memories of the hardships and pain he endured during the Holocaust.

Remember Me is a unique opportunity to hear a personal account of the Holocaust by a Survivor.

Admission $5 members / $10 non members

Wednesday 2 July at 1pm:
Book Launch with author Tom Lawson discussing his new book: The Last Man

Little more than seventy years after the British settled Van Diemen's Land (later Tasmania) in 1803, its indigenous population had been virtually wiped out. This genocide - one of the earliest of the modern era - is virtually forgotten today. The Last Man is the first book to specifically explore the role of the British government and wider society in the destruction of the Aboriginal Tasmanians.

Tom Lawson shows that Britain supported what was effectively the ethnic cleansing of Tasmania and in the The Last Man he provides the first comprehensive picture of Britain's role in the destruction of the Tasmanian Aboriginal population.

About the author:
Tom Lawson is Professor of History at the University of Northumbria. He is the author of Debates on the Holocaust and The Church of England and the Holocaust: Christianity, Memory and Nazism.





Dr George M. Weisz
The Fuehrer's Jewish Physicians

25 June at 1pm

Due to the exclusion of Jews from some professions many Jews found their place in medicine and finances.  Of particular surprise is the way in which the lives of two Jewish physicians intersected with the greatest persecutor of the Jewish people. These are their stories.

Dr George M. Weisz, is a trained orthopaedic and spinal surgeon. His historical research specialises in medical ethics and in 2007 he co-authored with Roslyn Sugarman and Konrad Kwiet the exhibition on 'Nazi medicine' at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Dr Weisz is an adjunct Senior lecturer in the School of History (History of Medicine), UNSW.




Sunday 22 June

2pm - Remember Me with Joe Symon

Joe was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 14 February 1925 and deported to a forced labour camp in June 1944. He escaped and joined the underground in October 1944.

Remember Me is a unique opportunity to hear a personal account of the Holocaust by a Survivor.

Admission $5 members / $10 non members

4pm - Screening of The Jewish Cardinal

The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II - and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from either group. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities - and may be forced at last to choose his side.

Admission $20




Sunday 22 June - 11.30am - Launch of Drawing on Memory

An exhibition of paintings commissioned by Holocaust Survivor Harry J Fransman. The paintings detail the hardships and pain he endured during the Holocaust.

Harry will be in attendance at the exhibition every Sunday between 11am-3pm. Exhibition runs from 23 June to 28 July.

Free admission




Book Club - Monday June 16 at 6pm


Every bit as powerful as Schindler’s Ark, this is the true story of how one French community saved thousands of lives in World War II.

Powerful and richly told, A Good Place to Hide is the story of a community of men and women who offered sanctuary, kindness, solidarity and hospitality to people in desperate need. It is a story that speaks to the goodness and courage of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

Peter’s tale ... is not what you think it will be: no sentimental yarn of deliverance of all those the Nazi regime had in their sights, but a tale of practically delivered salvage of the hunted. It is a story resonant in our days, the age of refugees, and a grand narrative in its own right. – Thomas Keneally

Join us for a special evening with Peter Grose discussing his latest book. Thomas Keneally AO will provide an introduction. Admission $10, booking is essential.


Thursday 12 June at 1pm - Holding on through Letters                    


A lecture by Professor Dr Deborah Dwork, the Rose Professor of Holocaust History and the Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, Iowa, United States of America.

Jewish families in Nazi Europe tried to hold onto each other through letters, but wartime conditions applied.  Letters were censored and could not be sent between countries at war with each other.

In her presentation, Dr Dwork will explain the ingenious ways people bypassed the censors and how letters became threads stitching loved ones into each other's constantly changing lives.

Free admission


Marie Bonardelli
Fact Through Fiction: The Holocaust in Film and Literature

11 June at 1pm

Marie is an Education Officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum and she will deliver a talk on how the Education team runs programmes on controversial texts that deal with the Holocaust such as Maus and Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.


Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio - Senior Associate Rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue

What should I do? What should you do? What should a Jew do? Ethical dilemmas and Jewish responses

8 June at 1pm

Every day we are faced with ethical dilemmas and decisions, some on a grand scale, others seemingly more trivial. In this session, join Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio and explore real situations and dilemmas, discuss what you would do and discover what the Jewish texts say.


Sunday 1 June at 3pm – Commemoration and Free Admission Sunday

The Sydney Jewish Museum in conjunction with the Order of Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association NSW & NZ will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Shoah in Hellas.

Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos (Macquarie University) will present a lecture on the rescue of the Jewish community from her home island of Zakynthos.
Photographs and film clips from the pre-Shoah Jewish Hellenic communities will also be shown a testament to those so unjustly lost.

Free admission



Rabbi Dr Dovid Slavin
Preserving Tradition: Religious Education in Poland 1920-1939

28 May at 1pm 

Rabbi Dr Dovid Slavin will examine how pre-war Europe educated its Rabbis in the context of the broader Jewish community.

He is founder and director of Our Big Kitchen and co-founder and director of Gift of Life an organisation to find suitable bone marrow matches for leukaemia patients – this imitative was singled out by PM Kevin Rudd for its life-saving work in the community. He completed his PhD at University Of Sydney on the education achievements of Rabbi Meir Shapiro in Poland before the outbreak of World War II.



Book Launch:The Essence of Survival
How Jewish Doctors Survived Auschwitz
by Ross Halpin

25 May at  2pm

Professor Garry Walter AM, MD, PhD, Professor of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School and Centre for Values,
Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
will launch the book at the Museum.

RSVP: phone 9360 7999 or rsvp@sjm.com.au
by Monday 19 May 2014


Dr Ari Lander
Echoes of Trauma: Zionist Youth Movements in Australia and the Legacy of the Holocaust

21 May at 1pm

Dr Lander completed a Doctorate on the Zionist youth movements in Australia and is an education officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum.


Remember Me with David Benedikt

18 May at 2pm


Bookings essential on 9360 7999 or rsvp@sjm.com.au

Bookings close on Thursday May 16, if not booked out beforehand. Bookings made after this date will not be accepted.




14 May Volunteer Meeting at 12pm
Dr Racheline Barda
Hidden Treasures in an Ancient Egyptian Synagogue: the Cairo Genizah


Dr Racheline Barda from the University of Sydney will speak on the Hidden Treasures in an Ancient Egyptian Synagogue: the Cairo Genizah. The talk will cover the fascinating story of the removal in 1897 of over 140,000 written fragments from the Cairo Genizah and transfer to the University of Cambridge by Solomon Schechter, a reputed Talmudic scholar. These documents have shed light on the lives, customs, and trading habits of Jewish communities as they existed a thousand years ago, not only in Egypt but also in faraway regions such as Sicily, Tunisia, Yemen, and India.

Dr Barda lectures at the University of Sydney on the history of the Egyptian Diaspora from Biblical times to the modern period. She is also a long-standing guide at the Jewish Museum.





Childhood Chapters - panel discussion

Tuesday 13 May at 7pm

Coinciding with the Anne Frank exhibition, this panel discussion will focus on the psychological effects, both positive and negative of being a child Survivor, or the child of a Survivor.

Panel members are Paul Drexler, Rose Fekete, Litzi Lemberg, Philip Abram and Sonja Raiz.Panel members are Paul Drexler, Rose Fekete, Litzi Lemberg, Philip Abram and Sonja Raiz.

The panel will be moderated by clinical psychologist Renee Symonds.

Admission $10, booking essential on 9360 7999 or




SJM and The Shalom Institute present Professor Jeffrey Shandler
Experience the Anne Frank Phenomenon

Prof Shandler is Chair of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. His research interests include Holocaust remembrance and literature, and contemporary Jewish culture. He is a prolific author and in 2012 co-edited Anne Frank Unbound:  Media, Imagination, Memory. He is also on the International Editorial Board of Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History.

This lecture starts at 12.30pm and admission is $20.


Sunday 4th May at 11 am – Book Club – The Miracle of Love

When her daughter was a toddler, Ondine Sherman felt like her life was complete. She was married to a man she adored, had a loving extended family and was living her dream of doing things for animals having set up the animal advocacy organisation, Voiceless.

Delighted to find she was pregnant again, she was shocked to find out she was having twins.


But never in her wildest dreams could she have envisaged the heartache to come when her twin sons, Dov and Lev, were diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that meant they might never walk or talk.

Miracle of Love is Ondine's story of the rollercoaster ride she experienced as doctors tried to work out why her beloved boys weren't meeting the normal milestones.


It is an intimate account of her spiritual journey as she deals with her sons' condition, which ultimately leads to acceptance, love, meaning and a new understanding of 'miracles'.

Hosted in conjunction with JNF



Dr David Silberklang
What Did They Know? The Jews and the ‘Final Solution'

30 April at 1pm


The information that Jews had about the intent and efforts of the Nazis and their collaborators to murder them, how this information was passed and communication among Jews, the content of some of this information, and how this information influenced their actions. The answer to this last question regarding information influencing actions is not always what we might expect.

Dr David Silberklang is Senior Historian at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, and Editor of the scholarly journal Yad Vashem Studies, as well as Series Editor of The Holocaust Survivors’ Memoirs Project. He teaches Jewish History at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the University of Haifa graduate school. Dr. Silberklang has published widely on the Holocaust and his book, Gates of Tears: The Holocaust in the Lublin District of Poland was published by Yad Vashem in March 2014.



Sunday 27 April at 1.30pm – Yom Hashoah

Reading of the Names Ceremony will take place at the Museum

Sunday 13 April at 2pm - Remember Me

Marianne was born in 1914 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

She and her husband David worked for the resistance during the Second World War. David was a doctor practising in Amsterdam.

In July 1943, they were hidden by the former caretaker of David’s surgery. In April 1944 they were betrayed by the caretaker when they ran out of money. They were then taken to Westerbork, a Dutch transit camp, where they were incarcerated.

Marianne's daughter, Rose Fekete, will speak on behalf of her mother on Sunday 13 April at 2pm.

Free admission but bookings essential


9 April at 1pm

Tony James will speak on Who paid for the Holocaust? Currencies of the Second World War. Tony is volunteer at the Sydney Jewish Museum and a regular contributor to the Australian Coin and Banknote Magazine.

He is a long standing member of the International Bank Note Society, a member of the Numismatic Association of Australia and American Numismatic Association, and has recently been awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of History and Art. 

Sunday 6 April at 4pm

NAJEX/SJM lecture: Guest speaker : Monica Kleinman

Trauma and Chicken Soup

This presentation will look at traumatic exposure, psychological injury and why it is that some people do just fine.  It will include an optional opportunity for those attending to complete and score a simple trauma scale and find out how they are travelling NOW regardless of what has happened to them over time. It will NOT be an academic expose of research or treatment but it will inform on how best to protect against the adverse impact of traumatic events.

Monica is a psychologist with decades of experience as a military psychologist as well as in the implementation of preventative programs at an organisational level in NSW Emergency Services including the NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW Fire and Rescue and the NSW SES where the program won a major State Treasury award for the prevention of psychological injury.

She has presented at national and international conferences and has won several awards recognising her work in crisis intervention.  She currently spends part of each week in Canberra as a Director of Psychology Support at the Defence Abuse Task Force within the Attorney General's Department.  She is also in private practice in Chatswood.


 2 April at 1pm                           


Dr Jan Lanicek, Postdoctoral Fellow UNSW, will speak on Ivri Anochi - Ernest Frischer and the Czech-Jewish community in the first half of the twentieth century


Ernest Frischer was one of the leading representatives of the Czech-Jewish community in the 1930s and 1940s. The talk follows his life and activities in the first half of the twentieth century and reveals what a biography of one individual can tell us about the experience of the Czech-Jewish community in the turbulent first half of the twentieth century.


Dr. Jan Lanicek is a postdoctoral fellow in Jewish history at the University of New South Wales. His book, Czechs, Slovaks and the Jews, 1938-1948, was published in 2013




Sunday March 23rd to Sunday March 30th

Holocaust Film Series

series of 21 films dedicated to stories of persecution, racism, survival and migration 

Tickets on sale: www.jiff.com.au/hfs for further information info@sjm.com.au





19 March at 1pm

Rabbi David Friedman from The Central Synagogue, will speak on The Question of Suffering: Theological responses to the Holocaust


Sunday 16 March at 2pm – Remember Me


Mala was born in 1918 in Ostrolenka, Poland. She is a Survivor of six camps and a Death March “Little acts of help go a long way, remember evil does not conquer.”

Mala will tell her story to an audience for the first time

Free admission but bookings essential



12 March at 1pm

Emeritus Professor Konrad Kwiet from Sydney University and Resident Historian at the Sydney Jewish Museum will speak on The Landscape of Death: Uncovering Mass graves in Poland





March 7 to June 8 2014

Anne Frank - A History For Today

Discover the reflections of a young girl whose voice survived the Holocaust. 

For more information please call the Museum on 9360 7999


5 March  at 1pm

Richard Wright AM Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sydney, will speak on Forensic Unearthing: mass graves of the Holocaust in Ukraine.

Professor Wright is an archaeologist. Since 1990 he has specialised in forensic applications of archaeological techniques.



Wednesday February 26 @ 1pm

The Museum’s Education Manager Yotam Weiner will speak on Why Did the Holocaust Happen? (And other Questions) 


Sunday 23rd February at 2pm

Joan Philips' book will be launched by Jackie Meyerowitz, social worker and counsellor, retired Head of Mediation Services,Family Life Centre, Johannesburg.

Free Entry


Sunday 26th January at 11am

In conjunction with AAJHS&D

The Commemoration of the Liberation of Auschwitz with guest speaker Dr Joseph Toltz who will talk on; The Musicians of Auschwitz.

Free entry


Turning Pages Book Club

Wednesday December 18 @ 7pm

The Collaboration: Australian born author Ben Urwand, will present a talk on his controversial novel. This will be his only guest appearance in Australia. The talk will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Dr Avril Alba.

$15 general public / $10 members


75th Kindertransport Commemoration

Sunday December 1 @ 2.30pm

The Kindertransport Association, the Australian Association of Holocaust Survivors and Descendants and the Sydney Jewish Museum invite you to attend the commemoration.

Please reserve your seat.


Lunchtime Lecture by Sean Sidky

27 November @ 1pm

 “The witness has nothing but his memory": Memory and Identity in Elie Wiesel's Holocaust Memoirs.

Judy Cassab: An exhibit of Judy’s art on the 60th anniversary of her first Australian exhibition.

Tuesday November 26 @ 6pm

Dr Gene Sherman AM will launch this exhibition at the Museum. Please join the Museum and Judy’s family for a l’chaim to celebrate Judy’s art.

Free admission.

Remember Me with George Sternfeld

24 November @ 2pm

Holocaust Survivor George Sternfeld was born in Poland on 13th of February in 1939.

George was transported to Siberia in April 1940 and didn't return to Poland until April in 1946.

George will share his story as part of the Sydney Jewish Museum’s Remember Me program. A rare opportunity to hear a first hand account of the Holocaust.

Free entry. Bookings essential.

A play in the Museum theatrette:  From Door to Door  produced by Moira Blumenthal

 Wednesday 20th November. Drinks at 6pm, Play begins at 7pm          

Just as the Hebrew prayer L’dor v’dor (from generation to generation) the play follows the journey through 70 years of a family history in a funny, touching story of strength loss and love

Admission: Members $32 per person – Non Members $38 per person (seating limited)


Lunchtime Lecture by Gavriel Ansara

20 November@ 1pm

Crossing the Narrow Bridge: Journeys of a same-gender couple living a Torah Lifestyle


Lunchtime Lecture by Professor Michael Miller Laurence

13 November @ 1pm

Jewish Beauty and Jewish Questions in Hungary, Poland and Eretz Yisrael

In 1929, Elizabeth Simon (Simon Boske) won the Miss Hungary beauty pageant and then went on to become Miss Europa. After Hungary's defeat in World War I and its huge territorial losses in 1920, the victory of Miss Hungary over all of the other European contestants was welcomed by Hungarian nationalists as a sign of Hungary's indomitable spirit . . . until they realized that Elizabeth Simon was a Jew. 

This talk will examine the debates in interwar Europe about the Jewish Question, national identity and "Jewish" beauty. It will also compare the Miss Hungary pageant to explicitly "Jewish" beauty pageants in the late 1920s, such as the Miss Judea pageant in Warsaw and the Queen Esther pageant in Tel Aviv, shedding light on the divergent attitudes towards assimilation and acculturation in the Hungarian, Polish and Zionist contexts.

Michael L. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Nationalism Studies program at Central European University in Budapest, where he helped to establish the Jewish Studies Program. He is currently the Louis and Helen Padnos Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. Miller’s book, Rabbis and Revolution: The Jews of Moravia in the Age of Emancipation, was just published by Stanford University Press.


Lunchtime lecture by Dr Ari Lander

 6 November @1pm

The Beauty of the Word: Judaism and the Interpretation of the Bible


Book launch: England’s Ethnic Cleansing of the Jews

Sunday 3rd November at 3pm

The book written by Leonie Star, offers a compelling insight into the exploitation and victimisation of medieval Jewry.

Suzanne Rutland will deliver the introduction. 

Free Admission


Lunchtime lecture by Prof Michael Robertson: Psychiatry under the Swastika

Wednesday 30th October at 1.00pm 

Dr Robertson divides his clinical time between a psychotherapy practice at the Blackwattle Clinic in Sydney and forensic psychiatric consultations conducted in NSW and Queensland.

Free Admission



Remember Me with Halina Robinson.

Sunday 27th October at 2.00pm

This is unique opportunity to hear the personal story of a Holocaust Survivor. An afternoon you  will not forget.

Free Admission



Professor Christopher Browning will give a lecture entitled: Holocaust Denial in the Court Room: The Historian as Expert Witness

Wednesday 23rd October @ 7pm

Admission $15 per person


Lunchtime lecture by Dr Karen Auerbach: Jewish life in Warsaw after the Holocaust

Wednesday 23rd October at 1.00pm


Karen Auerbach is the Kronhill Lecturer in East European Jewish History in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies.

Free Admission



The showing of the film Defiant Requiem

Sunday 20th October at 2.30pm

The film tells the story of a Czech conductor who was arrested and sent to Terezin. With fellow prisoners he performed for inmates and also for the Nazis as part of their charade in relation to the Concentration Camps.

Free Admission


Lecture by Christof Pies: Remembering Jewish life in rural Germany

Sunday 20th October at 1.15pm


This talk will focus on Jewish life in the country, in particular the Hunsruck area prior to WW11 when the Jewish population exceeded 20% of the overall rural population.
After the war Jewish life completely disappeared from these areas. Mr Pies lives in Germany and is involved in the restoration and maintenance of Jewish cemeteries and memorials as well as the Fordkreis Synagogue at Laufersweiler. 

Free Admission


Professor Christopher Browning will present: Revisiting the Perpetrators: Why Did They Kill?

Wednesday 16th October @ 1pm

One of the worlds most distinguished scholars of the Holocaust, well known for his ground breaking book Ordinary Men and the epic Origins of the Finals Solution.

Free Admission


Lecture by Peter Allen: Unravelling the Mysteries of the WW1 AIF Jewish Diggers       

Sunday 13th October at 2.30pm

A part history part travelogue of the famous WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli, Fromelies and Beersheba, with a focus on the Jewish soldiers who participated.

Free admission





Remember Me with Cesha Glaser                                                                                      29th September @ 2.00pm




Button Counting - aiming for 1.5 million buttons on Sunday

Sunday 8th September 10am - 3pm

The Museum will host what should be the last button counting day as part of the The Buttons Project - an initiative aiming to collect one button for each of the 1.5 million Jewish Children who perished during the Holocaust. The team hope to reach 1.5 million buttons this Sunday. The buttons will form part of an exhibition dedicated to the child victims. Come help us count from 10am.

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