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Some recently opened museums, devoted to history, culture, and tradition, are on the cutting edge of new thinking about the presentation of exhibitions in the museum world. Some of the architecture of these spaces is daring and controversial; often the narratives inside, on the walls, evoke powerful new ways to tell ancient stories.
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To articulate what is past does not mean to recognize “how it really was.” It means to take control of a memory, as it flashes in a moment of danger. — Walter Benjamin, Thesis on the Philosophy of History

There are now more than 150 museums all over the world dedicated to Jewish heritage and culture, if we include the large number that describe themselves as Holocaust Museums. These museums stress the traditions and contributions of Jewish people to societies past and present. Some are local in character — the Breman Museum in Atlanta, for example, tells the story of the history of Jews in the state of Georgia — while others tell stories that are more national and/or international in scope.

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E.P. Simon
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E.P. Simon is a NYC cultural historian, documentary filmmaker, and educator.