April 30, 2014
Categories : Exhibitions
Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers and Pursuing Justice: Nuremberg’s Legacy
On view through September 29, 2013 On view from August 10, 2013 – December 8, 2013
St. Petersburg, FL (August 8, 2013) – The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to present there is no why here: artwork from the permanent collection of the Florida Holocaust Museum, on view through September 8, 2013; Courage and Compassion : The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers, on view through September 29, 2013; and Pursuing Justice: Nuremberg’s Legacy, on view August 10, 2013 through December 8, 2103.
there is no why here: artwork from the permanent collection of the Florida Holocaust Museum
Documentary photos and artifacts often speak for themselves and do not require discourse with their viewer. Likewise, in a digital age where photographs of the Holocaust are readily available, people can become desensitized to photographs of the event. Art, on the other hand, requires a dialogue with its viewer, forming a bridge between knowing and understanding the history of the Holocaust. Because of this, the Florida Holocaust Museum has had a long term commitment to collecting and exhibiting art about the Holocaust, other genocides and human rights abuses.
Artworks now on view are just a small sampling of the Museum’s holdings. Viewers can expect to see works by artists such as Samuel Bak, Kathe Kollwitz, Emmanuel Romano, Maureen Drdak andmore. Works included in the show represent a number of different mediums including mixed media, installation, ceramic, paintings and prints.
Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers
Courage and Compassion is a Florida Holocaust Museum original exhibition and is presented nationally by Bank of America. This multi-media exhibition showcases the heroic efforts of three brothers who helped save more than 1,000 Jews during World War II, which was featured in the 2009 major motion picture, Defiance.
In 1941, three brothers, Tuvia, Zus and Asael Bielski made the decision to take refuge in forests near Novogrudok, now Belarus, to avoid falling victim to the Nazis as they began their takeover of Poland. In the forest, they formed a community of men, women and children that numbered more than 1,200 by the end of the war. The brothers led their group on acts of sabotage and defense against the Nazis. It is through the brothers’ leadership that the group survived starvation, harsh winters, and the threat of Nazis and their collaborators.
“My father believed that saving an old Jewish woman was more important than killing Germans,” said Robert Bielsky, son of Tuvia Bielski. “My father and uncles risked their lives to mount the largest armed rescue of Jews by Jews in World War II. Their courage and leadership in the face of so much horror and death is a story that finally needs to be told.”
Pursuing Justice: Nuremberg’s Legacy
Pursuing Justice: Nuremberg’s Legacy includes photographs and documents from the collection of the Florida Holocaust Museum as well as on loan from Stetson University College of Law. Those objects on loan from Stetson University include the papers and books of Judge Harold L. Sebring, a judge a the Nuremberg Tribunal and former Florida State Supreme Court Judge and former Dean of Stetson University College of Law.
The exhibition focuses on the two sets of trials that have become known as the Nuremberg Trials: The International Military Tribunal (IMT) for the major Nazi war criminals and the twelve subsequent trials conducted under Control Council Number 10 at the U.S. Nuremberg Military Trial for those not tried at the IMT. The IMT set the pattern for the subsequent trials as well as hundreds of trials of war criminals tried in the decades since 1945.