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Resilience and recipes in a Jewish cookbook written by concentration camp prisoners

A cookbook written during the Holocaust tells the story of how food, memory and tradition are at the heart of survival.

What comforts can memories of food bring us? Phantom flavours have the ability to transport us to other times and places, but can they offer comfort amid the worst kind of misery and keep culture alive?

At the Sydney Jewish Museum, in Darlinghurst, there is a handmade cookbook that is testament to how memories of beloved family dishes can sustain the spirit, if not the body. Located among other Holocaust artefacts in the concentration camps section of the museum, the slim book is no more than 15 cm x 10 cm; you could almost pass it over.


Read the full article by Jaimee Edwards and Gina Flaxman at SBS.