Archived Gallery Exhibit
URI PROVIDENCE CAMPUS and the HOLOCAUST EDUCATION & RESOURCE CENTER OF RHODE ISLAND PRESENT
THE HOLOCAUST: WOMEN AND RESISTANCE –
THE WILL TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE
March 2-April 30, 2009, Gallery Night Receptions March 19 & April 16 5:00-9:00pm
The exhibit will feature a double exhibit, 2 gallery talks and the premiere of a play:
LETTERS TO SALA – A Young Woman’s Life In Nazi Labor Camps is based on a compelling collection of rare Holocaust Era letters and photographs now in the New York Public Library’s Doror Jewish Division. From handwritten postcards, photographs, and a personal diary to official documents, each was saved at great personal risk by Sala Garncarz Kirschener, a Polish Holocaust Survivor, from the time she entered a Nazi labor camp in 1940 until her liberation in 1945. The collection provides a remarkable first-hand view of the human drama that unfolded among Jewish victims forced to work as slave laborers. Ann Kirschner, Ph. D. (Sala’s daughter and biographer Sala’s Gift) and Jill Vexler, Ph.D. Exhibit Curator will give a talk at the opening reception and book signing. March 5 at 7:00pm.
|MY MOTHER’S STORY- A Kindertransport Story (exhibit from Peter Neivert, Brown University) is the carefully documented story of Ilsa Kaiser who barely managed to excape Nazi persecution through the Kindtransport, a brief window of opportunity during which some Jewish parents were able to find sponsorship and the funding, thrusting their children (from ages 18 months to teenagers) on to trains headed for France, the Netherlands, England and Australia. Some had traumatic experiences as personal servants, farms hands or nannies to the children of their ‘foster’ families. Others like Ilda Kaiser found herself at a boarding school established by German Jewish women. Peter Neivert has gathered photographs, papers, and artifacts that document the family history, his mother’s experience at Stoatley Rough School and her eventual emigration to the United States. Peter Neivert will share his mother’s story in a fascinating and compelling presentation during the Gallery Night Reception March 19 at 7:00pm.|
|TRUST IN THE JOURNEY: Becoming A Family - Marie, Jeannette, and Ruth play premiere is an original production about Rhode Island’s own Marie Silverman, Jeannette Bornstein and Ruth Goldstein. Marie and Jeannette were age 5 and 9 when they hastily left Antwerp with their parents as the Nazi’s marched in to town. They lived on the run throughout France as Hidden Children for 5 years in a root cellar, 2 schools and a deportation camp, finally escaping without their parents across the mountains to Barcelona, Spain where they left through Portugal with an aunt and uncle for the USA. Separated again from their family, they were placed in an orphanage, becoming the first refugee children in Rhode Island. The play documents their experiences on the run, as refugees, the development of their relationship with Ruth Goldstein, with whom Marie lived and the reunion with their mother after 5 years of separation. The premiere performance of the play by Frank V. Toti Jr. is Sunday, March 29 at 2:00pm with Marie, Jeannette and Ruth in attendance.|
This exhibit is funded by the Rhode Island Holocaust Education and Resource Center and URI Providence Student Government Board and Arts and Culture Program with assistance from URI Hillel. All events are free and open to the public. Tours of the exhibit are available upon request.
For information on these programs contact Steven Pennell, Coordinator of Arts and Culture at URI Providence Campus 80 Washington Street Providence RI 02903 401-277-5206, firstname.lastname@example.org.