With museums worldwide closing their doors as a result of the pandemic, the challenges of educators rapidly changed. Quickly adapting to the new situation was a top priority for the museum community. As last year showed, moving your pedagogical practice from the museum floor to the virtual world poses challenges on many different levels. When your workload is high, when time is limited and when you’re facing a merge of professional and private life, realizing a smooth transition to an… | Read more »

On the 5th of February, the Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum released a statement following the current lawsuit in Poland against two Holocaust historians. The Association of European Jewish Museums subscribes to this statement below, as written on the website of the museum, and wants to share it among its membership and online followers: Museum Statement on Free Academic Inquiry into the Holocaust The current lawsuit in Poland against two eminent Holocaust historians raises serious concerns about the future of… | Read more »

The new Legacy gallery, an extension of POLIN Museum’s Core Exhibition, explores the lives and achievements of distinguished Polish Jews in a wide range of fields. Located in a ceremonial space overlooking the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, the installation presents 26 individuals, all of them born in Poland to Jewish families, and their contributions to world civilization. According to gematria, whereby each letter has a numerical value, the letters in the Hebrew/Yiddish word kavod/koved, which means honor, add up… | Read more »

Educators’ Coffee Meeting

AEJM is launching its new educational programming on Tuesday 9 February. Join us for the Educators’ Coffee Meeting from 14:00-15:00 CET. Register here now! Initiated by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Oslo Jewish Museum, AEJM’s Museum Education Seminars and Training (MEST) is a new professional development programme that addresses educators from Jewish museums in Europe. The programme will consist of a series of online activities, comprising interactive workshops and lectures, exchange of best practice, and peer-to-peer support and network… | Read more »

The English translations of the articles can be found here. The original (German) versions can be found here. The essays of the participants are available to all AEJM members, and can be found here. In addition, the biographies of some of the women and men who wrote these groundbreaking texts are included, as well as two contributions by Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, which deal with two classics of Judaica research. Most important pioneers of research into the material Jewish cultural heritage were… | Read more »