The Jewish Museum of Maryland is one of the country’s leading centers for exhibits on Jewish history and culture.

The Museum has 3 exhibition galleries – two in the Main Museum building, and a new one in the lower level of the Lloyd Street Synagogue, that host changing exhibits of local and national interest. We combine art, rare objects, historical photographs, oral histories, videos and hands-on activities in engaging, informative exhibitions. Each exhibit created or hosted by the Museum reveals new perspectives on the Jewish experience in Maryland and beyond.


Beyond Duty

Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations

 

On View February 4 – March 25, 2018

 

Created by Yad Vashem

 

The Holocaust was an unprecedented genocide, total and systematic, perpetrated by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, with the aim of annihilating the Jewish people, culture, and traditions from the face of the Earth.

 

Between 1933 and 1941, Nazi Germany pursued a policy that dispossessed the Jews of their rights and their property, followed by the branding and concentration of the Jewish population. This policy gained broad support in Germany and much of occupied Europe. In 1941, following the invasion of the Soviet Union, the Nazis and their collaborators launched the systematic extermination of the Jews. By the end of 1941, the policy had developed into an overall comprehensive, systematic murder operation that the Nazis called “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question.”

 

A person should see humankind as partly innocent and partly culpable; a single good deed can tip the scales. ~Maimonides

 

 While the countries of the free world were reluctant to help Jewish refugees, and while most diplomats continued to employ standard procedures, only very few felt that extraordinary times required extraordinary action and were willing to act against their governments’ policy. Only a small minority mustered the necessary courage to recognize the significance and consequences of obeying their superiors’ instructions. When faced with the plight of the Jews, they decided that although they were of a different nationality and religion, they were unable to continue with their professional routine, and hence chose to defy their superiors and, if necessary, suffer the consequences.

 

The core of the exhibition is comprised of the stories of 9 diplomats who were recognized as “Righteous Among the Nations”. The stories represent diversity: different countries of origin, various countries were they operated different types of rescue actions taken in various stages of the Holocaust. The stories are woven within the historical chain of event of the holocaust, along with more specific historical background relevant to each of the 9 stories.

 

 

Performance: Ida Rehr

Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at 1:00pm

 

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Museum Members – Reserve Your Seats

 

 

Join us for this special performance of one of the JMM’s living history characters: Ida Rehr. Ida was a Ukranian immigrant and garment industry worker in the bustling metropolis of Baltimore, Maryland and she is portrayed by actress Katherine Lyons.

 

View the entire JMM Live! program series here!

Film: Monkey Business

MARYLAND PREMIERE!

 

Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators!

 

Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at 5:00pm

 

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JMM Members – Reserve Your Seats!

 

 

This documentary film explores the extraordinary lives of Hans and Margret Rey, the authors of the beloved Curious George children’s books. Following the screening, join us for a live (via Skype) Q and A with documentary-maker Ema Ryan Yamazaki.

 

View the entire JMM Live! program series here!