On November 4th, 2018 Temple Israel was the scene of a “Pop-Up Museum” with a display of Holocaust artifacts submitted by Holocaust survivors and their family members. Rabbi Morais of Temple Israel was behind the idea for the Pop-Up Museum. 47 items were shown including artifacts, documents, letters, books, movies, short videos, a Tora Scroll, and a Tallit rescued from a synagogue in Berlin.
As a result of the success of the pop-up museum, a Holocaust Virtual Museum was inaugurated on November 15th, 2020. The collection of artifacts in the Virtual Museum belong to Ottawa-area Holocaust survivors and their families. The objects have a connection to the family’s experience of the Holocaust and speak to survival. In this way, the artifacts allow us to return the humanity to Holocaust victims. They share family stories that provide an opportunity to learn about the history of the Holocaust, the history of those families and, at the same time, to remember them. Some objects in the collection are from before World War II and the Holocaust, some are from the time of the Holocaust, and others are from after the war. The variety of the collection displays the rich diversity of the lives lost – but ensures their continued existence into the future.
There are 48 objects in the collection now, and they are grouped into 9 separate categories. The Holocaust Virtual Museum continues to accept new submissions.
To submit an artifact click on the following link: SUBMIT AN ARTIFACT.
VIRTUAL MUSEUM CATEGORIES