The Museum of Inherited Memories curates exhibitions and events that respond to inherited memories of cultural survival, inspired by Holocaust memorial, Indigenous justice and the value of 'never again'. We seek to understand the layers of stories from collective memories to inform a more empathetic reality.
Inspired by Holocaust memorial and Indigenous justice, the Museum uses contemporary arts to inspire empathy for all people carrying stories of cultural survival.
The UPRISING concerts are the Museum's most renowned events, which began for Yom Hashoah in 2021 and continue.
The Museum collaborates with artists and aligned cultural organisations of all ethnic backgrounds to respectfully remember the Holocaust, celebrate survival, honour our histories and healing and support ongoing activism against racism and antisemitism.
The Holocaust was a time in history that defined ‘genocide’ and 'banality of evil’.
'Never Again' is a slogan - a promise - made famous by a liberated prisoner of Buchenwald as he rose from the Holocaust ashes.
The Museum renews this promise continuously and elaborates that while this. slogan is embedded in the Jewish community, we extend it to all ethnicities. Too many times since the Holocaust, we have seen attempted genocides of other peoples.
Holocaust memorial is not only significant to combat current antisemitism but it’s to never forget the presence of repeated persecutions.
While the Museum honours the millions of lives lost to the Holocaust, those who survived and their descendants, we simultaneously celebrate survival and creatively carve space to unravel and understand the ongoing impact of these inherited memories.
Descendants of Holocaust survivors, the Museum's resident curators hold exhibitions and events each year around Yom Hashoah (Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day). Yom Hashoah marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In 1943, prisoners of the Warsaw Ghetto courageously took action and held off Nazi troops for almost a month. They saved thousands of lives before they were overpowered.
The Museum of Inherited Memories acknowledges that the First Nations people of Australia were the victims and are survivors of attempted genocide that remains reflected in Australia's justice system today.
We are based in Naarm/Melbourne on lands and waters of the Boon Wurrung and Wurrundjeri people. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and acknowledge the ongoing connection to Country and culture.