Yad Vashem Exhibit at NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library
FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – There’s a well known saying: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” (George Santayana.) That is why it is so vital that humankind never, ever, forget the atrocities of the Holocaust.
To that end, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) will be hosting a unique exhibit that focuses on the experiences and responsibilities of woman, as the matriarch, and children who were either murdered, or forced to become adults at very young ages during the Holocaust. “Woman and Children of the Holocaust” is produced and curated by Yad Vashem, the World’s Holocaust Remembrance Center, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.
The exhibit, sponsored in part by TD Bank, is scheduled from Thursday, October 24th 2019 – Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in the Alvin Sherman Library’s Cotilla Gallery, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
This exhibition gives expression to the unique voice of Jewish women in the Holocaust: their choices and responses in the face of the evil, brutality and relentless hardship that they were forced to grapple with. It features nine aspects of the Jewish woman’s daily life during the Holocaust: Love, Motherhood, Caring for Others, Womanhood, Resistance and Rescue, Friendship, Faith, Food and the Arts. Each aspect is accompanied by a personal story, related in the first person. By giving expression to these individual women, the exhibition reveals the poignant stories behind the historical events, and provides faces and voices within the darkness and silence.
Craig Weiner, President of the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc., said that it is through continued education that the next generation will not forget the horrors committed by those who came before.
“We have always felt that the best way for our current and future generations to learn the importance of having greater respect for one another, and greater tolerance for our fellow humankind, is through Holocaust education,” he said. “The Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center will provide unique and critical information about the Holocaust that will serve as an educational tool that can impact young people and the general public for years to come.”
In 2016, thanks to a generous donation by Craig and Barbara Weiner, NSU unveiled its Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center, located within the Alvin Sherman Library on the school’s Fort Lauderdale Campus.
Along with telling the story of women during the Holocaust, this exhibit also allows attendees to experience the unique stories of children during the Holocaust. During a period when Jewish communities underwent social and familial upheaval, children living in this reality essentially lost their childhood. The drawings, poems, letters and toys displayed in this exhibition demonstrate the unique capacity of children to hold on to the forces of life, creativity, imagination, and optimism, despite facing dire circumstances.
About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): At NSU, students don’t just get an education, they get the competitive edge they need for real careers, real contributions and real life. A dynamic, private research university, NSU is providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree levels. Established in 1964, the university includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center (early childhood education) with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, one of Florida’s largest public libraries. NSU students learn at our campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, and online globally. Classified as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit www.nova.edu for more information.