St. Petersburg, FL (Oct. 18, 2010) – The Florida Holocaust Museum presents:
Last Chance to See:
Art & Autobiography
Portraits by Nava Mentkow
Through Sun., Oct. 31, 2010
The Florida Holocaust Museum partnered with the University of South Florida to create this exhibition comprised of original paintings of Holocaust survivors who live in the Tampa Bay area. The artist Nava Mentkow is a grandchild of Holocaust survivors. The paintings are accompanied by brief biographies of the survivors; an audio tour provides a portion of the survivors’ stories told in their own words.
Now on View:
Resistance and Rescue
Photography of Judy Ellis Glickman
Through Sun., Feb. 13, 2011
Through images and symbols, the horrors of the Holocaust are familiar to us all. Yet, too few of us are aware of the remarkable story of the flight of the Jews out of Denmark to safety in Sweden in the fall of 1943. This exhibition of photographs by Judy Ellis Glickman reopens a time in our history when the bravery of a few overcame the brutality of so many.
Media Sponsor: WUSF Public Media
Faith Under Fire: Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Holocaust
Opening Sat., Oct. 16; through Sun., Jan. 2, 2011
Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian community of 35,000 in Germany and occupied lands, refused to conform to the Nazi ideology of hate. They suffered severely for their belief in nonviolence and their utter rejection of racism. Thrown into Nazi camps, they became eyewitnesses of Nazi genocide. As historian John Toland wrote, this is a story of human courage that must be heard.
A gallery guide for Faith Under Fire is included with Museum admission.
Women of Ravensbrück: Portraits of Courage
Artwork of Julia Terwilliger
Opening Sun., Nov. 14 through Tues., Feb. 15, 2011
This is an original Florida Holocaust Museum exhibition of memorial artwork by Julia Terwilliger. It tells the history of the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, the Nazi’s major concentration camp for women that brought fear and terror to its imprisoned, tortured victims.
The art is coupled with text and seven, large wooden panels of mixed media and transfer images of Ravensbrück women, young and old, survivors and those who did not. The exhibition also includes rare original artifacts from the camp, including a handmade recipe book and gifts secretly exchanged by the women and 17 history panels and 14 biographical panels of individuals. In addition, the artist created a 10-foot memorial triangle and an artifacts installation created by the artist will be on view. An exhibition catalog for Women of Ravensbrück is available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Media Sponsors: Bright House Networks and the St. Petersburg Times
Curator’s Talk and Reception:
Thurs., Dec. 16, 2010; 6:30 p.m.
The evening includes a talk by guest lecturer Rochelle Saidel, the original Curator of Women in Ravensbrück and Director of Remember the Women Foundation. Free to FHM members; $9 for guests; please RSVP: 727.820.0100, ext. 236. Guest admission may be applied to FHM membership.
Save the Date:
Save the Date - To Life: Music of Hope
Thurs. Feb. 17, 2011
The Florida Holocaust Museum will present Violins of Hope as the major component of the Museum’s annual benefit, To Life: Music of Hope,on Thurs., Feb, 17, 2011; 6 p.m., at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts – The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg.
To Life: Music of Hope includes cocktails, Dinner-by-the-Bite, desserts and coffee. Also planned are a silent auction offering luxury travel packages, dining opportunities, upscale merchandise and services, and a chance drawing.
Following dinner, attendees will be seated in the auditorium to hear the Violins of Hope. Musical performers will include members of the Florida Orchestra. A special tribute to Edie Loebenberg (of blessed memory) and presentation of the Loebenberg Humanitarian Award are also planned.
Proceeds from To Life: Music of Hope will benefit education, exhibitions and public programming at the Florida Holocaust Museum. The cost to attend the event is $150 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please call Dan Berman, (727) 820-0100, ext 242, for information.