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Communities of memory? The Jewish holocaust museum and research centre, Melbourne

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posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Michele Langfield
The Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre (JHC), Melbourne, opened in 1984. Through the support of large numbers of Jewish people, it has become an impmiant part of their lives as they age, a place of solace and memorialisation. It is a second home for some, providing networking support within and between the different Jewish ethnic communities. This paper will draw on the JHC's ever growing videotestimony collection as well as oral interviews on the roles played by Melbourne survivor volunteers and others in developing the Centre. The survivors have experienced many different aspects of the Holocaust, have come from all over Europe and elsewhere, and 1 are sometimes culturally very different. It will discuss the role played by the various social and cultural communities in creating and responding to the JHC and the success they have had in establishing 'communities of memory' or, alternatively, representing and 1 contextualising the various social and cultural communities.

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Journal

Oral history association of Australia. Journal

Volume

34

Pagination

20 - 26

Publisher

Oral History Association of Australia

Location

Glen Iris, Vic.

ISSN

0158-7366

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C2 Other contribution to refereed journal

Copyright notice

2012, Oral History Association of Australia

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