The exhibition “Children’s Images and Objects of the Century Past”, a nostalgic look at infancy and childhood covering a period from the end of the 19th century till the 1950’s, lasted from June 2000 until February 2001. The aim of the Jewish Museum was to stir emotions and memories, at the same time showing how the birth of a child is a source of joy and hope for all people, whose ways of celebrating it are similar the world over.
The Museum published appeals for the public to help by lending childhood objects of their own. As usual, the response of the Friends of the Museum was enthusiastic and it was soon inundated with family memorabilia, clothes, amulets, toys, furniture, copybooks and photographs, loaned in the name of loved ones. These comprised approximately half of the exhibition’s content.
Since part of those objects belonged to children lost in the Holocaust, the exhibition served as a discreet memorial to their short lives and was dedicated by the JMG to their memory.