William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Atlanta

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The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum is a museum in Atlanta dedicated to Jewish history, with special emphasis on Georgia and the Holocaust. The Breman, which opened in 1996, is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast, and it is located at the corner of 18th Street and Spring Street, across the street from the Center for Puppetry Arts, in Midtown. The museum is named for Atlanta businessman William Breman, a philanthropist active in the Jewish community of Atlanta.ExhibitionsThe museum has several exhibitions, permanent and traveling, which educate visitors about Jewish values, customs and traditions. Through multimedia works such as film, music, and visual arts, exhibits explore universal themes, such as personal responsibility, community building and cross-cultural understanding.The two permanent exhibitions are Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years and Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta from 1845 to the Present.Past exhibitions have featured words and pictures by Maurice Sendak, author of "Where the Wild Things Are" and an exploration of the Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950.Research & CollectionsAlso housed at the Breman Museum are the Cuba Archives and Genealogy center, documenting the history of Jewish life in Georgia and Alabama. This particular collection has personal stories and historical memorabilia. The museum has an extensive exhibit pertaining to the struggles the Jewish people endured in Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Greece before, during, and after the Holocaust. Also featured are oral history interviews with Holocaust survivors.
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  • June 17, 2017
    Being married to a History teacher we go to museums often. Due to the gravity of the subject matter and the need for public to know our past this is a good museum. It has a lot of pictures of the Holo...  more »
  • May 23, 2017
    An impressive visit to the jewish life in the south. We did not had an idea of how big was the jewish colony in Atlanta and generally in the southern states. I recomend it  more »
  • May 21, 2017
    Not just for Jewish people, but for anyone with a remote amount of intellectual curiosity about the world in which we live, and the history we created that puts us in our respective places today.  more »
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  • May 13, 2017
    When you visit or live in Atlanta GA you need to visit this museum. The museum's display is very heartfelt and powerful. You are able to speak to the survivors of the holocaust and hear their personal stories. My reason for the 4-star rating was the speaker was too long (, for this type of museum they need a trained orator.
  • May 3, 2017
    loved the play. very nice reception beforehand. its a medium small venue
  • March 18, 2017
    I am a history major and I ended up visiting on a field trip. It is very clean and organized, it also has a small gift shop and to finish the entire museum takes about 1-2 hours alone or 1 hour with a tour guide. Very nice place.
  • February 13, 2017
    The museum provided a fascinating and detailed history of the Jewish community's presence in Atlanta. I learned so many things I didn't know before. The exhibit on the Holocaust was very sobering and moving but parts of it may be a little intense for small children. Definitely recommended.
  • April 2, 2017
    This treasure trove includes sculptures and drawing but the strongest collection is, naturally, of Spanish masterpieces by Goya, El Greco and Velazquez (whose Las Meninas is the best-known work of the museum).

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