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We are Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH), founded by Holocaust survivors in 1961. We have opened our new, award-winning, gold LEED certified building in October 2010. We are working with photographer David Miller and writer Jane Ulman to prepare a photography exhibit of 25 or more visually riveting profiles of Holocaust survivors living in the Los Angeles area. These photographs, along with accompanying profiles, previously appeared in the Jewish Journal, the largest Jewish weekly newspaper in the United States outside of New York City. Now we want to expand the project.
The exhibit will stand as a gallery of living history as each of these survivors personally witnessed one of the defining moments of the 20th century: Adolph Hitler’s genocidal campaign against the Jews of Europe.
We’ll include an accompanying catalog with the stories that appeared in the Jewish Journal. Most of the survivors who were profiled waited decades after World War II to tell their story. Some of them have never before told their story outside of their immediate families. But all of them tell important stories of devastating heartbreak, brutality, miracles and the arduous rebuilding of broken lives.
This is Edith. In April 1944 police banged on the door of the house she shared with her parents, three siblings and two cousins. They were marched to a ghetto and later sent by cattle car to Auschwitz, where Edith’s parents, cousins and two of her siblings were immediately sent to the gas chamber. Edith and her sister were sent to Latvia, where they toiled in several labor camps, malnourished and often beaten. Eventually they were liberated from Malchow concentration camp in Germany. Today Edith lives in Studio City with her husband George. They have one son. Edith is a board member at LAMOTH, and often speaks to groups of students. “Remember one thing,” she tells them. “Don’t ever hate anybody because you are just hating yourself.”
This is Jack. He was four years old and hiding in a cave in a dense forest in the bitter cold Polish winter with his father, brother and sister when the family was captured by SS soldiers and trucked to the Budzyn labor camp. His brother and sister were shot to death there. And his mother and three sisters, who had hidden separately, were gassed at Auschwitz. Jack’s father died of a brain tumor after the war ended. Today Jack lives in Beverly Hills with his wife. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Jack feels blessed but also mourns all the losses. He has no photographs and cannot even recall the faces of his mother and five siblings.
Contributors at the $5 level will receive an extra-large Museum magnet. $25 and up contributors will receive an invitation to the exhibit opening party at the Museum, and those contributing at the $100 level will receive a beautiful, keepsake exhibit catalogue. All donations are tax deductible.
Why This Project Is Important
Photographs keep memories alive. They also tell stories of consequence. And that’s why we need your assistance. Please help us reach our goal of $5,000. The money will cover the cost of matting and framing 25 photographs. Of that amount, $500 will go toward marketing and catalog expenses. With additional money, we can include up to 10 more portraits in the exhibit. Remember, all donations are tax deductible.
These survivors have important stories to tell and important lessons to teach us. With your help they will be available to the many groups of students as well as people of all ages, races and religions who visit Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust on a daily basis.
Please donate so that these survivors’ portraits and words – that speak to unimaginable loss and remarkable resilience – can continue to educate and inspire us.
Risks and challenges
All of the photographs have been completed and the Museum is ready and able to mount the exhibition. Designing the catalogue may take some time, but we don't anticipate any major issues once funding has been secured.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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