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Visit to the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

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FC: The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Visit on March 21, 2014 Ilana R. Short

1: Security is extremely important at the museum. To enter the parking lot, you must an attendant to "buzz" you inside the gate.

2: There are two galleries at the Breman: a permanent Holocaust Memorial Exhibit, and a rotating exhibit.

3: The first gallery I visited was the permanent Holocaust Memorial Exhibit. I last visited the museum six years ago. Since that visit, they have added an audio tour as well, incorporating newer technology into their exhibits.

5: Docents are a more recent addition to the museum as well. Here is a docent led tour for a group of homeschooled teenagers.

6: The exhibition design was the most striking feature of the museum to me. The gallery begins with a chronological history of Jewish peoples in Europe prior to Hitler coming to power and the events leading to the outbreak of World War II.

7: A the beginning, you are almost wandering through a town, with the walls and columns decorated with photographs of people and events. I also thought about the curatorial staff and the decisions they made about the exhibit's contents.

9: As the exhibit continues, the design begins to mirror the voyage that many holocaust victims took on train cars bringing them to work and extermination camps.

10: These cases highlight the work of the collections management staff. While we can't see it, each item is labeled with an accession number and a careful record of it's location is kept by the staff.

11: It was during this part of the exhibit that I found the photograph with the most emotional impact, at least to me: children moments before their execution. | It was then that I realized that my children were no different, and that they would have likely had the same fate if we lived in a different time and place. It honestly made it hard for me to continue with the exhibit.

12: Before moving on to the next exhibit gallery, I took a moment to read this plaque dedicated to museum donors. This would fall under the realms of the marketing and membership staff.

13: There were other marketing opportunities shown here, as well as work done by a community involvement and museum education staff member.

15: The second exhibit chronicled the story of Rich's department store -an Atlanta institution until the late 1970's. Since these items are all period textile and glass items, I imagine that the work of a conservator was very important in evaluating the condition of the objects and overseeing their installation in the exhibit.

16: The museum shop was staffed by two employees and was well stocked. | And a picture of me at the conclusion of my visit. What an amazing project!

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