Dr. Avril Alba is Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation and Chair of the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. She teaches and researches in the broad areas of Holocaust and modern Jewish history with a focus on Jewish and Holocaust museums. Her monograph, The Holocaust Memorial Museum: Secular Sacred Space was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2015. From 2002-2011 she was the Education Director at the Sydney Jewish Museum where she also served as the Project Director/Curator for the permanent exhibition Culture and Continuity (opened 2009). She was also Project Director/Consulting Curator for the permanent exhibition The Holocaust (opened March 2017) and Consulting Curator with A/Prof Jennifer Barrett and Professor Dirk Moses for the permanent exhibition The Holocaust and Human Rights (opened February 2018). She is the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles and most recently co-edited with Shirli Gilbert Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World, Wayne State University Press, 2019. In 2018 she was awarded an ARC Discovery grant to commence a major new research project The Memory of the Holocaust in Australia.
In this interview, @Bre_Fallon talks to Dr Avril Alba on the tension between the secular and the sacred in Holocaust Museums.