© 2015

The Holocaust Memorial Museum

Sacred Secular Space


Part of the The Holocaust and its Contexts book series (HOLC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Avril Alba
    Pages 1-5
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 197-252

About this book


The Holocaust Memorial Museum reveals and traces the transformation of ancient Jewish symbols, rituals, archetypes and narratives deployed in these sites. Demonstrating how cloaking the 'secular' history of the Holocaust in sacred garb, memorial museums generate redemptive yet conflicting visions of the meaning and utility of Holocaust memory.


Holocaust Jewish studies memorial museums museology memory history Holocaust Memorial Judaism Memoria Museum

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

About the authors

Avril Alba is Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation at the University of Sydney, Australia. From 2002-2011 she was the Education Director at the Sydney Jewish Museum where she also served as the Project Director/Curator for the refurbishment of the Sydney Jewish Museum's permanent exhibition 'Culture and Continuity'. She teaches, researches and consults in the areas of Holocaust representation, Jewish and museum studies.

Bibliographic information


“Alba’s book is an outstanding contribution to the discussion of what can and ought to follow the imminent arrival of the post-participant stage in Holocaust memorialization.” (Arthur Shostak, The European Legacy, Vol. 22 (5), March, 2017)