Holocaust Survivors, Houston Darfurians to Speak at Holocaust Museum Houston During Free Museum Experience Activities
HOUSTON, TX (April 3, 2013) – 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 April as part of this year’s Museum Experience and in commemoration of Genocide Awareness  Month.

All activities at Holocaust Museum Houston will take place Saturday, April 27, 2013, 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. and 1 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 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 on-hand throughout the day to speak with Museum patrons.

Other day-long activities at the Museum will offer children and students a chance to commemorate Genocide Awareness Month by making drawings that will be forwarded to children in displaced persons camps at current genocide sites around the world.

Also on view during the day will be the Museum’s two newest exhibits. “Uprooted” highlights the experiences of two Jewish families featuring materials from the Museum’s own permanent collection through the use of personal objects, rare documents and photographs. The exhibit takes visitors through the decisions European Jews faced as they encountered totalitarianism, antisemitism and later the “Final Solution” policies of the Nazis.

“Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust” features 58 photographs revealing the war as presented through the lens of the most important Soviet photojournalists. Printed over six decades, the collection highlights works by Evgenii Khaldei, Georgii Zelma and Dmitrii Baltermants, among others, from the dawn of the Soviet era and throughout the Great Patriotic War, also known as the war’s Eastern Front. A large number of Soviet photojournalists were Jewish, and the exhibition explores aspects of what this religious and cultural identity might have meant when confronting war and Nazi persecution through Soviet and Jewish eyes. Charged by the Stalinist state to tell the visual story, these artists were emotionally and intellectually connected to recording the Holocaust. With their compelling war photography, they were the first to document the liberation of Nazi sites of atrocity – three years before others chronicled the liberation of concentration camps in Germany.

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.

The Museum Experience features four walkable “zones” to help visitors navigate through the Houston Museum District area and learn more about all 19 museums in the area in a more personal way. On the last Saturday of January, April, July and September, each zone will showcase a handful of museums at a time, complete with special programming, pedicabs in select zones and food trucks.

Other Museums featured on April 27 will include Asia Society Texas Center, Weather Museum, Czech Center Museum Houston, Lawndale Art Center, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of African American Culture and Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. Check each Museum’s Web site for hours and activities.

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.
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