HOUSTON, TX (Aug. 29, 2012) – Houston-area survivors of the Holocaust will discuss their experiences during the Nazi era in Eastern Europe, and members of Houston’s Darfurian community will discuss their own encounters with the genocide in Sudan this September as part of this year’s annual Houston Museum District Day activities at Holocaust Museum Houston.
All activities will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Admission and all of the day’s activities are free.
Holocaust survivors will discuss life during the Holocaust and afterward in free lectures at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. More than 250 survivors of the Holocaust currently reside in the Houston area. At noon and 2 p.m., representatives of Houston’s Darfurian community will discuss their own experiences during the genocide in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and as many as 4 million displaced by civil war.
According to the Darfurian Association of Greater Houston, more than 60 Darfurians now reside in Houston. The association is a non-profit organization established to promote educational, social, cultural and economic progress and better standards of life for Darfurians in Houston. Representatives of the group will also be available throughout the day to speak with Museum patrons.
Other activities at the Museum will focus on themes of memory and inheritance, with children taking part in a hands-on arts-and-crafts activity making butterflies for the Museum’s upcoming Butterfly Project exhibit. To remember all of the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million butterflies prepared from arts and crafts materials for a breath-taking exhibition now scheduled for early 2014. More than 900,000 butterflies have already been collected from children around the world.
Also on view during the day will be the Museum’s two newest exhibits. In the national premiere retrospective of her work, “Blood Memory: a view from the second generation,” Massachusetts-based artist Lisa Rosowsky explores the "second generation" experience as the daughter of a hidden child and refugee from the Holocaust. Themes of repression and loss emerge, as do memories and stories about a family decimated by war.
“Inheritance: Stories of Memory and Discovery” is a selection of still-life montages from Boston-area artist and photographer Leslie Starobin composed from the personal belongings salvaged by families under unimaginable distress and often in flight during the Holocaust. The show highlights the bravery and hope of six families through a series of individual photomontages, each depicting their experiences during the Holocaust.
The Museum’s permanent exhibit, “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers,” is personalized with the testimony of Houston-area survivors who lived through the genocide of World War II. The exhibit begins by carrying visitors back to pre-war Europe and revealing the flourishing Jewish life and culture once there. Authentic film footage, artifacts, photographs and documents expose Nazi propaganda and the ever-tightening restrictions on Jews in the steady move toward the “Final Solution.”
Also on view will be the Museum’s 1942 World War II rail car of the type used to carry millions of Jews to their deaths and a 1942 Danish fishing boat that tells the heroic story of how more than 7,200 Jews were rescued from almost certain execution.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.
For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.