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Abe and Ginka Cohn: Fond Memories

Posted on May 15th, 2020

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 of her life. I remember being her student when I was a pre-teen, dancing in […]

Illuminating the 10 Stages of Genocide through Rywka’s Diary

Posted on April 17th, 2020

“Oh, to write!… To be able to write, to make pen move on paper! I need to write.” – Rywka Lipszyc (December 24th, 1943) April is Genocide Awareness Month. It marks a number of anniversaries related to genocides that have occurred in the twentieth century. Research conducted by Dr. Gregory H. Stanton shows that there […]

Passover 2020 – What made this Passover Different?

Posted on April 17th, 2020

As an archive that documents Jewish life in Wisconsin, Jewish Museum Milwaukee wanted to document Passover 2020 in our community to see how things are different this year under the Safer at Home Order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to those families who shared images with us that reflected the experience of Passover 2020. We feel very fortunate to be able to help preserve and document this history for present and future generations.

Visit the Museum from Anywhere

Posted on March 18th, 2020

In an effort to keep the public safe, Jewish Museum Milwaukee is temporarily closed. We are monitoring the situation closely and look forward to opening our doors. We know how important at-home learning experiences will be during this challenging time and will be providing a number of free at-home learning resources for adults and children […]

Otto Frank Tells Wisconsin Students About His Daughter Anne Frank

Posted on January 17th, 2020

As Jewish Museum Milwaukee gets ready to open The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Lodz Ghetto, JMM’s archive recently received a unique donation connected to a more well-known Holocaust Diary. In the 1970s, Otto Frank sent a tape describing his daughter, Anne’s, experience to students from Mukwonago. He offers an introduction […]

A Performance of Women’s Resistance

Posted on April 4th, 2019

The excerpts below were performed as part of the Opening Preview of Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman to celebrate and recognize women who fight for justice through resistance. The pieces were performed by youth from First Stage as seen above; from left to right: Mathilde Prosen-Oldani, Selma Rivera and Chantae Miller. Faye Schulman, A […]

Women and Resistance

Posted on March 15th, 2019

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 group; others defied convention and created their own forums. March is Women’s History Month and […]

Urgent History: Hollywood’s Past and the Future of Human Rights

Posted on January 16th, 2019

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 Evans shared this piece written by Ph.D. candidate Zach Anderson reflecting on his experience in […]

Blacklisted in a Click by Gene Policinski

Posted on December 5th, 2018

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 Forum Institute. Policinski delivered the following remarks that evening. Blacklisted in a Click Good evening.  […]

Facts | Words | Empathy | Voices Matter

Posted on November 21st, 2018

JEWISH MUSEUM MILWAUKEE MATTERS: With the rise of anti-Semitism in the U.S, hate speech and white nationalist activities learning about and from Jewish history is more important than ever. JMM provides resources to people throughout the Milwaukee area and beyond. We bring important and timely issues to the fore, concentrating on four areas that provide opportunities for fact-finding, critical thinking, conversation and community.