11.05.2011 07.Ijar, 5771 Tag 21 des Omer
Collecting for the Irish Jewish Museum, a changing of the guard at the ‘Post,’ and a chestnut tree for Anne Frank.
Dublin has a shrinking Jewish community, unless one counts the many Israelis who have moved there – among them hi-tech expert Moti Neuman, currently chairman of the Irish Jewish Museum, which is in the process of undergoing a $13 million extension and renovation process. Neuman was in Israel not so much to raise money as to create awareness and to ask Irish expatriates to look among their odds and ends to see if they owned anything that could be displayed as a museum artifact. A museum today is not just an exhibition center, he said, but also a learning center – and anything can trigger discussion on a certain subject.
Addressing a group of Irish expats from the Israel-Ireland Friendship League at Beth Hatefutsoth, Neuman related that someone in England had contacted the museum and said he had a silver teaspoon that had been on a passenger ship, the name of which was engraved on the back. The ship was the St. Louis, which became notorious when no country would allow its refugee passengers, who were fleeing from the Nazis, to land, and sent them back to where they came from, resulting in most of them being murdered….