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28-February-2019
28-February-2019

Photographs supplied by Heather Stevens
The Sydney Jewish Museum's Sanctum of Remembrance is a quiet space for reflection that is dedicated to the commemoration of the six million Jewish people who were killed in the Holocaust, those who survived and have since perished, and those who took measures to save Jewish lives.

The Sanctum of Remembrance was opened in 1992 in conjunction with the Australian Association of Holocaust Survivors and Descendants. The initial Sanctum had space for the laying of 100 plaques. Ten years later, in 2002, the Museum expanded the Sanctum to accommodate a growing number of requests to honour Holocaust victims.

Currently, the Sanctum of Remembrance holds close to 500 plaques dedicated to individual survivors and victims, to entire communities and families, and to extraordinary individuals who saved Jewish lives a the risk of their own lives. There is still room for descendants and the next generations to lay plaques in memory of loved ones.

The Ner Tamid Light was donated by Ilan and Rebecca Doctors and Leora and Brian Turtledove, in memory of the late Eugene and Jeanette Braun. Also in memory of their great-grandmother Olga Brun, Eugene's parents Gizella and Alfred Braun, and Jeanette`s parents and sister Leo, Lotte and Stella Krieger who were murdered in the Holocaust. 

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were "racially superior" and that the Jews, deemed "inferior," were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.

During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived racial and biological inferiority: Roma (Gypsies), people with disabilities, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah`s Witnesses, and homosexuals.

Location

Address:148 Darlinghurst Road, Sydney Jewish Museum, Darlinghurst, 2011
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.878981
Long: 151.220135
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Genocide
Actual Event Start Date:1933
Actual Event End Date:1945

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1992
Front Inscription

IN MEMORY OF SIX 
MILLION MARTYRS 
AND HEROES

[Names] 

Plaque: 
In Memory of the Jewish Communities
destroyed throughout Europe
during the Shoah

And I shall put my spirit in you, 
and ye shall live....
Ezekial 37:14

Plaque:
IN REVERED MEMORY OF 
MOTHERS, FATHERS, CHILDREN,
SISTERS, BROTHERS,
ELDERS AND BABES 

MURDERED BY THE NAZIS
AND THEIR COLLABORATORS
DURING THE SHOAH
1933 -1945

Plaque:
THE VOICE OF THE SURVIVOR
IS THE AUTHENTIC VOICE OF THE HOLOCAUST,
IT SPEAKS FOR ALL THE VICTIMS
LIVING AND DEAD

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THE FAITHFULL WITNESSES 
WHO ARE NOW AT REST.


 

Inscription in Proximity
We invite you to this Sanctum of Remembrance. a place of tranquil reflection, to honour the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust, as well as survivors who are now at peace and the Righteous Among the Nations. 

Jews do not typically place flowers at gravesites. Instead, they often place stones on the grave or tombstone - a symbolic act that indicates someone has visited and the deceased has not been forgotten. The origin of the custom is not known though it  is thought to relate to the ancient practice of demarcating graves with a mound of stones. 

The Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) symbolises the lamp that burned continuously in the Temple of Jerusalem. 

 
Source: MA
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