Waddesdon – A Rothschild House and Gardens

The impressive French Renaissance-style château of Waddesdon Manor is set in Buckinghamshire, the heart of the English countryside, with sweeping landscapes and manicured gardens. Four Rothschilds have been responsible for the creation, care and development of Waddesdon.

Originally laid out in the 1870s and 1880s for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to house his collections of decorative arts, Old Master paintings and 18th-century portraits, Waddesdon welcomed the fashionable world to Saturday to Monday house parties. Ferdinand’s social circle spanned royalty, including the Prince of Wales, historians, explorers and writers. Politicians were often guests as well, as he became MP for Aylesbury in 1885 and was a trustee of the British Museum.

Waddesdon’s gardens were created by French landscape designer Elie Lainé and involved levelling the crown of the hill on which the Manor sits. Focal points in the garden include an iconic Victorian-style Parterre – famed for its colourful seasonal bedding, an ornate Rococo-style Aviary – still housing rare birds, Pulham rockwork and 3D bird bedding sculptures that are examples of the Rothschild’s pioneering gardening.

Ferdinand left his estate to his sister Alice (1847-1922), who in turn left Waddesdon to her great-nephew James de Rothschild (1878-1957) of Paris. James married an Englishwoman, Dorothy Pinto, and became a naturalized British citizen.

To secure its future James left Waddesdon to the National Trust in 1957. For nearly 30 years Dorothy oversaw the opening of the house to the public on behalf of the Trust, and at her death in 1988 she left the responsibility for Waddesdon to Jacob, Lord Rothschild (b 1936), a leading figure in the world of art and culture as well as finance.

The Rothschild Foundation now manages Waddesdon on behalf of the National Trust and has continued to add to the collections.

Museum of the Jewish People

The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, formerly the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, is located in Tel Aviv, Israel, at the center of the Tel Aviv University campus in Ramat Aviv.

The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot is a global institution that tells the ongoing story of the Jewish people, intended for people of all faiths. Through its educational programming, the institution works to connect Jewish people to their roots and strengthen their personal and collective Jewish identity. The museum presents a pluralistic narrative of Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed as seen through the lens of Jewish history and current experience today.

The museum launched a large-scale renewal in 2016, adding a new wing with rotating temporary exhibitions, the Alfred H. Moses and Family Synagogue Hall featuring synagogue scale models, and Heroes – Trailblazers of the Jewish People, a children’s interactive exhibition. Museum renovations will culminate with the opening of a new permanent core exhibition in early 2020. It is a center for Jewish discourse, engagement, education and research, encompassing a pluralistic and comprehensive worldview.

Anne Frank Museum

The Anne Frank House is a writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

During World War II, Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house, known as the Secret Annex. She did not survive the war but her wartime diary was published in 1947. Ten years later the Anne Frank Foundation was established to protect the property from developers who wanted to demolish the block.

The museum opened on 3 May 1960. It preserves the hiding place, has a permanent exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank, and has an exhibition space about all forms of persecution and discrimination. In 2013 and 2014, the museum had 1.2 million visitors and was the 3rd most visited museum in the Netherlands, after the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.

Mountain Jews Museum

The mission of the Mountain Jews Museum is multifaceted. Primarily it is to acquaint all those interested in a unique mini-civilization, combining the achievements of Jewish culture and cultures of the peoples of the Caucasus. The museum aims to broadcast universal human values, and thereby we hope will serve not only as a source of knowledge about the material and spiritual culture of Mountain Jews, but will also provide a space for interethnic and inter-religious dialogue. The doors of the museum will be open to anyone who is willing to share our values, regardless of nationality or religion.

The Mountain Jews Museum is located in the old restored Karchogi synagogue which was
closed during the Soviet years. The initiative to create a museum of the Mountain Jews is from natives of the ‘Red Village,’ God Nisanov, Zarakh Iliev, and German Zakharyaev.
The creation of a common concept and collection of exhibits was carried out by the International Charitable Fund STMEGI – the largest organization uniting
Mountain Jews of the whole world.

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center

Azerbaijan is a modern and strong country attached to its past and advancing confidently into the future.

Azerbaijan is a country cherishing its values. Respect for national and moral wealth, history, traditions, the human factor and citizens is our top priority.

The modern Azerbaijan is recognized in the world through its nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev. And the Center bearing the name of Heydar Aliyev has become a symbol of modern Azerbaijan and modern Baku. The building of the Heydar Aliyev Center is an embodiment of the development of the present-day Azerbaijan and its attachment both to the past and to the future.

The logo of the Heydar Aliyev Center also represents a reflection of this idea. The Center’s logo symbolizes Azerbaijan’s forward-looking aspirations, the progress and the future of the country.

The silver color of the logo epitomizes the overcoming of obstacles and moving towards a goal. The silver color is a symbol of leadership, struggle, dynamism, wisdom, transparency, development and innovation.

The lines of the logo harmonize with the building of the Heydar Aliyev Center and embody Azerbaijan’s dynamic development, the country’s aspirations to becoming an international leader and progress through perpetuation of values such as attachment to the Motherland and people.

The Heydar Aliyev Center’s logo emphasizes the institution’s mission viewed through the prism of global and national values, nation building traditions and the message to be passed over to future generations.

The Center’s slogan “To the Future with Values!” is based on this idea.

The German Resistance Memorial Center

The German Resistance Memorial Center is located within the Bendlerblock building complex. The structure was the Wehrmacht’s headquarters during the war. Today, the museum is dedicated to remembering those Germans who resisted fascism and Hitler during World War II. Although there was no organized anti-fascist German resistance, close to 100,000 individuals were executed for their opposition to the Nazis.

The museum contains various exhibitions which chronicle the history of German opposition groups. There are also displays that document the activities of Germans who fled the regime and assisted the Allies during the war. Claus Philipp Schenk and other senior Wehrmacht Generals planned their assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler in the Bendlerblock. The attempt took place on July 20, 1944, but it failed and Hitler survived. Claus Philipp Schenk along and his co-conspirators were arrested and executed.

National Holocaust Museum

The National Holocaust Museum is located across the street from the Hollandsche Schouwburg. It too serves as a testament to the Dutch Jews who suffered during WWII. The museum contains in-depth exhibitions which explain the events of the holocaust to an international audience. The museum routinely hosts the well known Dutch painter, producer and actor, Jeroen Krabbé, and his exhibition titled, ‘The Demise of Abraham Reiss’ (De ondergang van Abraham Reiss). The museum is the first of its kind in the Netherlands, showcasing life before, during, and after Germany’s occupation, and giving a full overview of Jewish life during these years. The National Holocaust Museum has plans for expansion and growth in the coming years, so be sure to check out this important site.

The museum is housed in a former teacher training college on Plantage Middenlaan, next door to the “Crèche” where Jewish children were held before being deported to Westerbork. About 600 children were saved with the help from different Resistance groups, as well as teachers from the training school. These unimaginable stories are illustrated in the museum.


Jewish Historical Museum

The Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museum in Dutch) was established in 1932. The museum is devoted to Jewish history, culture and religion, in the Netherlands and abroad. Located in the Jewish Quarter, the museum prides itself in being the only one in the country of its kind. The museum is home to a vast array of historical artifacts including everyday objects and art, which provide a valuable insight into the different aspects of Judaism in the Netherlands. The JHM Children’s Museum contains relevant Jewish artifacts which are displayed through interactive presentations. The museum hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions which depict cultural Jewish history and showcases about the role of Judaism and the influence that Jewish and Dutch culture had on one another.

The museum was originally located in the Weighing House (Waag in Dutch). During WWII, It was closed by the Nazis and many items were looted. In 1955 it was reopened in Nieuwmarkt Square. The museum relocated to its current location in Waterlooplein, in 1987. In 1989 it was awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 1989.