The new online Handbook On Judaica Provenance Research: Ceremonial Objects is now available through the Claims Conference. This publication by Julie-Marthe Cohen, Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek and Ruth Jolanda Weinberger covers research of two different categories: classical provenance research, which deals with tracing an object at hand to its original owner, and research which deals with establishing the location of a lost object. One can download the full handbook or individual sections from the website of the Claims Conference. The handbook consists of four parts: The first part provides an overview of prewar Judaica and Jewish museum collections, an overview of Nazi agencies engaged in the looting of Jewish material culture, the looting of Judaica, the dispersion of the objects after World War II and, briefly, the nationalizations of Judaica before, during and after the war. The second part deals with the identification of Judaica objects and is intended especially for people who are not familiar with this kind… | Read more »
This spring (May 22-24), the AEJM initiates a study visit to Riga for its network of museum educators. The Riga study visit is open… | Read more »
The second network meeting dealing with communications at Jewish museums in Europe took place in Warsaw in January. The exhibition Blood: Uniting & Dividing served… | Read more »
Museums carry important functions in the preservation, documentation and public dissemination of Jewish heritage: they serve as repositories of historical and religious artefacts, as… | Read more »
The exhibition creates a dialogue between one of Lili Ország’s paintings (Jelek / Signs) and the works of contemporary artist Noémi Fábián. Lili Ország and Noémi Fábián both approach Jewish identity, culture and memory via the written heritage of Jewish culture. The connection between text and image – the written and pictorial heritage of Jewish culture is crucial in the works of these artists. ‘Blank Marks’ considers letters as signs of the written culture, the symbol of the layers and strata of the past, as a gesture-like motif. While the works of Lili Ország can be called the ‘mementos’ of the collective memory, Noémi Fábián emphasizes the processing of the private past. The publication of Hebrew letters of the Hungarian Jewish Archives deals with Hebrew inscriptions on the objects displayed in our collection. Therefore, this present exhibition is related to an on-going research, this time with the tools of fine arts.