Mayor William B. Hartsfield and Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild in the rubble of The Temple bombing, Atlanta, 1958.

Signature Exhibitions



Creating Communities is not currently open due to the fact that Return to Rich’s: The Story Behind the Store has taken over the Blonder Gallery

Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years, 1933 – 1945

Absence of Humanity describes the systematic murder of six million European Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators.

The story is told through historical photographs and documents, personal memorabilia and family pictures, and in the voices of those who survived and made new lives in Atlanta.

It begins with a glimpse of the vibrant and diverse world of the Jews of Europe before 1933, and continues by describing the assault on the Jewish people by the Nazis and their collaborators, the failure of the world to react to the massacre, and the struggle of the remnant of survivors to rejoin the living.

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Holocaust gallery entry

Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years

 

Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta From 1845 to the Present

Creating Community begins with the story of two young peddlers, Jacob Haas and Henry Levi, who settled here to open a dry goods store, and continues to the present day when more than 100,000 Jews call metro Atlanta their home. The exhibition depicts Jewish residents at prayer, at home, at work, and at play, and at building both their own community and the community at large.

Reflecting the region's many ethnic, religious and racial minorities, Atlanta's Jews have determined to preserve their identity in the midst of change. They have experienced acceptance, as well as rejection and discrimination. They have established deep roots in nearly all aspects of metro Atlanta life, entwining their future with that of the city.

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Silverman's Cigar Store in Little Five Points, 1985, in Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta from 1845 to the Present.

Silverman's Cigar Store in Little Five Points, 1985, in Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta from 1845 to the Present.