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CULTURE & HERITAGE

RAOUL WALLENBERG BECOMES AUSTRALIA’S FIRST AND ONLY HONORARY CITIZEN
raoulReport by Judi Schiff, Founding Member, Raoul Wallenberg Unit of B’nai B’rith
Melbourne, Australia                                                                                                        

A number of Raoul Wallenberg Unit members, including the Raoul Wallenberg Unit Co-Presidents, Margaret Heselev and Wendy Waller, travelled from Melbourne to Canberra to attend the Conferring of Honorary Citizenship of Australia upon Raoul Wallenberg. President of the District Jim Altman from Sydney represented B’nai B’rith Australia/New Zealand. The function took place on Monday 6 May 2013 at Government House, Canberra. 

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THE ROMAN MOSAIC FROM LOD
The Roman mosaic from Lod, Israel was discovered in 1996 during highway construction in Lod (formerly Lydda).
A rescue excavation was immediately conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, revealing a series of mosaic floors measuring approximately 50 feet long by 27 feet wide.

Introductory video courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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To preserve them until funding was secured for their full scientific excavation and conservation the mosaics were then reburied. Removed from the ground in September 2009, the large central square panel and two adjacent rectangular panels were exhibited to the general public for the first time at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from September 28, 2010 in an exhibition documenting the discovery and the history of the mosaic’s removal, conservation, and eventual journey to the United States.

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THE HERZL MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM                            
                                                      
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Theodore Herzl is buried on Mount Herzl, which also houses the Herzl Museum and the graves of other famous Israeli leaders.

Herzl was born in Budapest, but moved to Vienna as a young man. There, he became a respected journalist and playwright. Although a fervent secularist, Herzl was profoundly shocked by the Dreyfus affair.

Herzl became convinced that the only solution to anti-Semitism was the establishment of a Jewish state.

In 1897, Herzl organized the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, and worked tirelessly in support of his cause until his death in 1904.

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                                                                    Herzl's tomb in Jerusalem


Mt. Herzl is adjacent to Yad Vashem and the military cemetery. In addition to Herzl's tomb, Yitzhak Rabin and his wife, Golda Meir, and many other Israeli dignitaries are buried here.
The Museum is located just inside the entrance to Mt. Herzl. It includes a replica of Herzl's study and features a very well done audio-visual presentation on the history of Zionism. Although the museum is small, it is very informative.

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Works of art stolen by the Nazis: compromising notebooks . . . .

44 notebooks were discovered in an auction house. They contain a list of works confiscated during the war, as well as the names of their buyers!
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The Weinmüller auction house flourished during the war thanks to the art works confiscated from German Jewish families.
Photo ©Martin Bureau / AFP

Source: Le Point.fr – published 30 April 2013
Article written by Philippe Sprang

Pandora’s box was opened in a well-known auction house. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung broke the story in Germany on 18th March.  While looking through a cupboard in the offices of the Neumeister auction house, an employee chanced upon 44 small forgotten notebooks. These were catalogues detailing sales that had been organised between 1936 and 1945 by Weinmüller, a Munich institution which had prospered during the war thanks to the works of art stolen from German Jewish families as part of the forced sale and Aryanisation of property. Everybody had assumed that these documents, listing the names of buyers, had been destroyed. In fact they had remained hidden.

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Archeological dig in Cologne
OFER ADERET, HAARETZ, translation Gilberte Jacaret

1-Archeological dig in Cologne unearths ancient Jewish history - and exposes layers of prejudice
The citizens of Cologne, known as a city of churches, were happy to have an excavation in their town - until it started turning up evidence of a first century Jewish quarter.
Haaretz, By Ofer Aderet| 06.04.13
Latent Anti-Semitism Has Caused Pushed Back on Project

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 “We are fighting over history here,” said Dr. Sven Schuette, as we toured an archaeological dig in this city in western Germany in late March. “They claim the Jews fell from the sky, that they are merely guests here, who came and left. But what can you do, the findings we discovered in the field prove otherwise,” he added excitedly, as he pointed out the ancient synagogue and ritual bath that were uncovered in the heart of the city in recent years.

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The twentieth convoy
by Gilberte Jacaret (source Wikipedia)

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Memorial commemorating the successful Resistance attack on the Twentieth convoy to Auschwitz
Transport 20 (XXth convoy) was a Jewish prisoner transport in Belgium organized by Nazi Germany during World War II. Members of the Belgian Resistance freed Jewish and Gypsy civilians who were being transported by train from the Dossin Barracks located in Mechelen, Belgium to the Auschwitz concentration camp. It was the biggest action in Europe of a rescue of Jews on a train to Auschwitz.

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