28 February, 2018
An exhibit of 78 photographs and paintings focused on the Holocaust will be on display from March 7 to April 4 in the Meadows Library Gallery on Gadsden State Community College’s Wallace Drive Campus. The traveling exhibit on loan from the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and is free to the public.
The exhibit is titled “Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art” and was created by Becky Seitel, a photographer, and Mitzi J. Levin, an artist. It offers a special glimpse into the private memories of 20 Alabama Holocaust survivors who revealed stories of despair, sadness, cruelty beyond belief and the loss of family and friends along with tales of bravery, the joys of liberation and their new lives in Alabama.
Described as “bold and thought-provoking,” the purpose of “Darkness into Life” is to increase awareness and understanding of the history of the Holocaust and its impact on individuals and families.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Gadsden State and the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center are hosting a special event from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 13. It will feature Esther Gerson Levy, a second-generation Holocaust survivor, who will speak about her mother’s experiences during World War II.
Levy’s mother, Tobi Kamornik Gerson, was 14 years old when the Germans bombed her Polish hometown. For six years, she went from a work camp in Praszka to the Lodz Ghetto to Auschwitz to Berlin to Ravensbruck, a concentration camp for women. Finally, in 1945, she made it to freedom in Sweden. Her parents, two sisters, a brother, a nephew and sister-in-law perished under Nazi rule. Only she and her eldest brother survived.
Gerson was 20 years old when she came to the U.S. with an uncle. She settled into the Atlanta area with her husband and raised three children. Levy keeps Gerson’s memory and legacy alive by speaking about her life of sadness and triumph.
Levy will tell her mother’s story following Farrah Hayes, an instructor at Gadsden State, who will speak about the importance of Holocaust education. They will begin at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Hayes at 256.549.8285 or email email@example.com.