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‘Time Is Running Out’: Museum Curator In Florida Races To Preserve Holocaust Items

Category: Collections Stewardship
Peter Tarjan of Miami and his cat Jodi.
Peter Tarjan of Miami and his cat Jodi. Tarjan's grandparents and parents died in the Holocaust. The Holocaust Memorial Museum recently hired a full-time curator in South Florida to collect objects from Holocaust survivors to preserve history.

With the youngest people who survived the Holocaust now in their mid-70s, it’s vital that museums who preserve historical items related to World War II to move quickly in acquiring items from this group. Aimee Rubensteen does just that for the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Aimee Rubensteen didn't have the luxury to take her time and get acclimated to her new job. Immediately after starting last spring as South Florida's acquisitions curator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Rubensteen began meeting weekly with Holocaust survivors and their family members.

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