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The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, located in the Selig Center in midtown Atlanta, is a cultural center, archive, and repository of artifacts and information about Jewish history, in particular the Holocaust and the experience of Jews in Georgia. The largest such museum in the Southeast, the Breman opened in 1996 and is named for a prominent Atlanta businessman and philanthropist who also endowed several other religious, educational, and social service agencies for the Jewish community of Atlanta.
The museum, which is affiliated with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, is home to two permanent exhibitions, Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta from 1945 to the Present and Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years. Creating Community was developed in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, where the exhibition was on display from 1994 to 1995. The Holocaust exhibition was designed by Benjamin Hirsch, a child survivor of the Holocaust and an Atlanta architect. The themes of the two exhibitions reinforce the mission of the Breman, which is to celebrate Jewish culture and to explore the universal themes of human dignity and respect for others. The Breman also highlights aspects of the relationship between minority and majority cultures and the importance of individuals making decisions for the benefit of society at large.
• Creating Community: The Jews of Atlanta from 1845 to the Present
• Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years
• The Legacy Project: Coming to America