PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Sept. 23, 2005
Alfred Berkowitz Gallery features Holocaust art and artifacts
DEARBORN---The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
will host "Children of the Holocaust: Stories from the Voice/Vision
Archives" through Friday, Oct. 14.
The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, highlights children's
stories that exist in UM-Dearborn's Voice/Vision
Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, a collection of oral testimonies
of those who survived the Holocaust, which are available to researchers,
students and the general public.
"In many respects, the Holocaust was a war on children as the Nazis
sought to eliminate Jews and Jewish culture," said librarian Barbara
Kriigel, who helped to organize the exhibition. "The Voice/Vision
Archives includes testimonies from children who were hidden, transported
and survived in the camps."
"Children of the Holocaust" features artwork by Miriam Brysk,
a child survivor whose own experiences and a trip to the Eastern Europe
camps in 2002 were the inspiration for her art.
Other items showcased at the exhibition include photographs, documents
and other personal items on loan from Holocaust survivors, including a
"Most survivors have few, if any, items of this kind," Kriigel
said. "Photographs sometimes survived because relatives in other
countries had been sent copies. Documentation survived as people tried
to put their lives back together after the war."
The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, located on the third floor of UM-Dearborn's
Mardigian Library, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information about the exhibition, call (313) 593-3592. For more
information on UM-Dearborn's Voice/Vision Archives, visit http://holocaust.umd.umich.edu/.