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Tuesday, November 19 • 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Keeping their voices alive: Survivor testimony projects at the Sydney Jewish Museum

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As a museum created by Holocaust survivors to share their stories, oral history is at our core. Survivors were always on the Museum floor speaking to visitors and are an integral part of our education programs. Visitors regularly comment on how powerful and transformative these encounters are. So what do we do when there are inevitably no more Survivors? For many years the Sydney Jewish Museum has been grappling with this question. While nothing will ever replace the experience of meeting a Holocaust Survivor, we know testimony will still have a central role in Holocaust education and this has led us on a search for the best practice in delivering eye-witness accounts. Some schemes fit within our budget and some are pipe-dreams we can’t let go of. Time is of the essence as living witnesses grow fewer and fewer. In this presentation I will outline how the Sydney Jewish Museum has been thinking through the challenge of preserving oral histories, the presentation options and how we have navigated the different proposals and personalities to find the right solution.

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Shannon Biederman

Curator Collections, Sydney Jewish Museum
Shannon Biederman is Curator Collections at the Sydney Jewish Museum where she has worked for the past 15 years. She has been part of the development of the SJM’s core exhibitions Culture and Continuity, Serving Australia and The Holocaust. Her most recent exhibition is Jews from... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 1:30pm - 1:55pm NZDT
Rangimarie 2 - Breakout Room Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand