"Perspectives on the Holocaust: Women's and Children's Art and Stories" Comes to the MCCC Gallery Oct. 16-Nov. 15

10/3/07


Mercer County Community College will host a traveling exhibit that speaks to the resilience of the human spirit and the lessons to be learned from the Holocaust. "Perspectives on the Holocaust: Women's and Children's Art and Stories" comes to the MCCC Gallery Oct. 16-Nov. 15. This moving exhibit is a cooperative project between the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, Kidsbridge Children's Museum in Trenton, NJ, and the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center. The exhibit chronicles the histories of 15 female Holocaust survivors in poster-size panels, as well as art created by child survivors. Works by artists and survivors Ella Libermann-Shiber and Halina Olomucki will also be on display. Olomucki created a series of portraits of her fellow female prisoners, while Libermann-Shiber focused on the daily atrocities of the war. (Artwork provided courtesy of ORT.) An Open House for the community will be held Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. To start the Open House, Judith Sherman, a survivor of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, will tell her story, and present drawings and poetry. The Gallery is located on MCCC's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, Communications Building, second floor.

"Her Story," the women's portion of this self-guided exhibit, presents the stories and photos of 15 female Holocaust survivors living in the greater Cincinnati area. They are from a dozen countries and tell a variety of survivor experiences. With each panel displaying a heading such as patience, courage, responsibility, and perseverance, the viewer gains an appreciation of what it took for these women to survive: fighting in the resistance, living in hiding or with false identities, and enduring concentration camps. Collectively the stories of sisters, daughters, mothers, wives and friends are a celebration of the women's strength and valor. By the final panel, viewers are challenged to transform their own impressions into positive action.

The second part of the exhibit, entitled "From the Children, for the Children: Art of the Holocaust," features a collection of children's artwork and poetry from the Holocaust. In drawings and poems, the children speak from their hearts about their experiences of captivity, humiliation, loss, isolation, hunger, risk and their longings for freedom.

Observes exhibit coordinator Professor Saul Goldwasser, director of the county's Holocaust Resource Center, which is located on the MCCC campus, there continue to be genocides and those who deny genocides in the world today. "The lessons that can be learned by studying the Holocaust, particularly through the evocative art and powerful stories of survivors, serve to keep the atrocities of the present day at the forefront of people's consciousness. Past history can become living history for the young, and reinforces that atrocities should not be repeated anew for each generation," Goldwasser said. "Events in Rwanda and Darfur are more keenly felt and understood against the backdrop of the Holocaust."

Adds Holocaust survivor Dr. Vera Goodkin, a member of the N.J. Holocaust Commission, "It is our sacred duty to speak for those who perished and, above all, to try to teach love, acceptance and tolerance to the young through lessons of the Holocaust. Our goal is to stem the ever rising tide of hatred everywhere in the world, to stop present day genocides, and to prevent future genocides."

Gallery hours are: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those interested in scheduling a group or class trip should email holocaus@doe.state.nj.us. For more information, call (609) 570-3355.

Artist and survivor Halina Olomucki's haunting portrait of a mother and child.
Olomucki's portrait of
a fellow prisoner.
Displaced women
(artist unknown)

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