“Unicorn Portrait,” a short story by William Torphy, was a short-listed entry in the Jerry Jazz Musician’s recently concluded 61st Short Fiction Contest and is published with the consent of the author. Unicorn Portrait by William Torphy …..David Wyler slammed the… Read More
DA:DA Workshop Changes the Conversation
Our current exhibit is titled DEGENERATE! Hitler’s War on Modern Art (open now through August 20th). It documents the cultural assault waged against all things liberal and democratic that created a petri dish of intolerance, ultranationalism, xenophobia, racism, and antisemitism within… Read More
Psychiatry and Hate: Projected, Scapegoated, and Realistic Hatreds
To Fund or Not to Fund: The Legacy of the WPA
By Meitav Aaron, Jewish Museum Milwaukee Intern During times of collective crisis, the priorities of our government are laid bare for our entire country to witness. During the height of the Great Depression, when closed signs were scattered on shop windows… Read More
Abe and Ginka Cohn: Fond Memories
Susan Friebert Rossen, May 2020 Abe and Ginka Cohn were significant figures in my life. Ginka—a gifted modern dancer, choreographer and teacher—credited my mother, Betsy Ritz Friebert, with encouraging her to teach, a career she successfully pursued to the end… Read More
Illuminating the 10 Stages of Genocide through Rywka’s Diary
Otto Frank Tells Wisconsin Students About His Daughter Anne Frank
Women and Resistance
As Jewish Museum Milwaukee prepares to exhibit Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman, we wanted to highlight women who have taken a stand. While some like Faye Schulman, were part of an organized movement or… Read More
Urgent History: Hollywood’s Past and the Future of Human Rights
Since Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare opened many local colleges have assigned students to view and respond to the exhibit. At the Museum, we generally do not get to read their responses, so the staff was delighted when UW-Milwaukee History Professor Christine… Read More
Blacklisted in a Click by Gene Policinski
On October 11, 2018, Jewish Museum Milwaukee opened Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare with a Premiere featuring Gene Policinski, one of the most eminent journalists on First Amendment Rights, a founder of USA Today, and President and COO of the Freedom… Read More
What’s Black and White and Red/Read All Over?
As Jewish Museum Milwaukee prepares to launch Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare, one might ask: What’s Jewish or Milwaukee about the Hollywood Red Scare? The answer could be: What isn’t? Learn more about local and Jewish connections to the Hollywood Red Scare here.
Re-Education: A Collective Responsibility
In planning for the anticipated return of Stitching History From The Holocaust and the added stories of the Oelsner and Spira/Stern families, Jewish Museum Milwaukee was excited to present a timeline that would integrate their narratives with the Strnad’s and provide context for events surrounding World War II. Little did we know that in contextualizing the individual experiences that happened seventy-five years ago, we would encounter disturbing parallels to what we are witnessing in our world today.
Stitching History From the Holocaust: New Remnants
Check out how Jewish Museum Milwaukee found additional photos and documents relating to Hedy Strnad and her family. These additions show the evolution of Stitching History From the Holocaust, but also demonstrate that historical research is never done. There will always be more archives to explore and people to connect with, but each small salient connection like these helps expand our understanding of the lived experience.
Engaged and Relevant: The Role of Jewish Museum Milwaukee
JMM occupies a unique niche in the museum world in Milwaukee. We use the Jewish experience to build bridges between groups of people and between eras. We live our tagline “Where Conversations Happen” by looking at multiple perspectives of a topic or issue, by partnering with diverse organizations, by asking visitors to use critical thinking skills to contemplate commonalities and differences of a particular subject over time.
A Message from our New President
The first time I met Patti Sherman-Cisler, our executive director, she talked about museums providing transformative experiences. I, too, believe the stories we tell at JMM have the power to be inspirational and transformative for our visitors.
Happy Birthday Joey Sangor!
Did you know Milwaukee was home to a well-known Jewish featherweight boxer during the 1920s? Julius Singer, later known as Joey Sangor, was born on July 4th, 1903 in Russia. In 1905, Sangor came to Milwaukee with his mother and… Read More
In Honor of Memorial Day: The Arthur Grossman Collection
The Archives at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently received a collection of letters written by Arthur (Artie) J Grossman, a Jewish soldier from Milwaukee during World War II; they were donated by Lloyd Levin, Artie’s nephew. This collection of letters provides insight to what life was like for both Artie in the Army and his family in Milwaukee during World War II.
What the “Fabric of Survival” Teaches
These scenes and accompanying text nag at us. Why the Jews? What power do we have over evil? How do we defend ourselves against irrational governments? How do we protect our most vulnerable citizens? What does it mean to be a refugee? And what responsibilities do we have for those being persecuted?
Celebrating the Legacy: Penny Deshur
Jewish Museum Milwaukee has been privileged to participate in the Create a Jewish Legacy Program, which is coordinated through the Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Create a Jewish Legacy is a… Read More
Fiddler: The Untold Tradition
A conversation overheard in the Jewish Museum Archives between Hazzan Jeremy Stein and Artist Marc Tasman. They have been working in the archives to find pictures that will be the backdrop of their upcoming Fiddler: The Untold Tradition, which will take place at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid on Sunday, September 11 at 7:30 PM.