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New multi-purpose room!

Feb 6, 2019

New multi-purpose room!

The refurbishment of this room has been proudly made possible by Wolf & Dora Rajcher Memorial Fund. It is now almost ready for meetings, quiet reading or research, film screenings or...

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From the Sunday Morning Herald

Dec 10, 2018

‘A precious endeavour’: recording the Holocaust stories of ageing survivors By Diane Armstrong 12 October 2018 — 11:45pm …In Melbourne, the Lamm Jewish Library has published 138 titles in the past 20 years. At least 75 per cent of them are Holocaust memoirs, according to Adele Hulse who is the co-ordinator of the library’s Write Your Own Story program. “I say we’re the biggest publisher of Holocaust memoirs in English. I keep waiting for someone to say no you’re not, but so far no one has,” she laughs. Hulse does the editing and there are two proof-readers, one of whom is a volunteer. “I have a nervous breakdown with every book in case something is wrong or there’s a family fight over it,” she says. Getting survivors to recall as much as possible is her biggest challenge. “Everyone has their purple passage, the story they’ve told all their life, but I want them to go back further. I ask what month, what day, what were they wearing? I want to see the scene. I make them relive it. It’s distressing and retraumatises them, but it prods their memories.” One of most difficult memoirs Hulse has worked on was by a Yiddish speaker with dementia who was desperate to tell the story of a girl who drowned in a well. “I used two Yiddish translators, and when he got the story out, it relieved some of his pain,” she recalls. Hulse, who is a Tibetan Buddhist, believes in the value of Holocaust memoirs. “The videos that Spielberg recorded rarely get beyond being part of a collection, but written records preserve information and spread it. So as long as the witnesses are still here they have to be recorded for the sake of family and history, to show what humans can do, in the hope they don’t do it again.” When I ask Michael Heyward whether there is anything left to say about the Holocaust, he replies: “In the course of human history, this is one of the most scarifying things our species has ever done. The reverberations will continue for a very long time.” Diane Armstrong is the author of Mosaic:A Chronicle of Five Generations, the story of her family. Words to Remember, a session during this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival featured five Holocaust survivors whose memoirs illustrate the enormous diversity of survivor experiences, and the resilience and optimism with which they rebuilt their lives in...

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How to borrow eBooks

Jan 30, 2019

How to borrow eBooks

Library members: • Before borrowing you will need your library membership card which has a barcode under your name (call us if you need a new barcode). • You will also need a password which needs to be entered in the library system. (Call/ email library to add your password to your borrower details or set up when you next come in to the library.) You are ready to begin: • Go to ljla.org.au • Point to Services (top menu) and select Catalogue from the drop-down menu. • Press Go (1st time only). • In the catalogue home page, select Login (top right corner). • Enter the barcode on your borrower card for Username (do not forget to add the minus sign preceding the barcode, for example -11110092433) • Enter the password you have selected. • Select Advanced Search (click on arrow next to Basic search) • Scroll down on Type and select eBook. Click the search button and a list of available eBooks will show. • Click on the title you wish to borrow. • Press the Borrow button. • The book will download to your device. Click on open to read. After four weeks it will disappear from your device. To Register as a library member: • In the catalogue home page, select Register (top right corner), then press Accept. • Enter your personal details, for Branch select LJLA • Select a password. • Call/Visit the library so the librarian can record your password. • Once you have paid your membership fees then you can borrow following the above...

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Roots Project Research Assistance

Mar 7, 2018

Roots Project Research Assistance

Need help with your family tree? Together with AJGS, we offer: Computer access to Ancestry.com and Familysearch.org Expert advice and assistance from the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society of VictoriaFree for members. Please contact LJLA to make an appointment on 9272 5611 or info@ljla.org.au or AJGS on admin@ajgs-vic.org.au

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