Upcoming Exhibits

David Friedmann: Painting to Survive

April 1 – June 27

Exhibiting the works of David Friedmann (1893-1980) whose talent for portraiture played a central role throughout his career and saved his life during the Holocaust.

Born in Mährisch Ostrau, Austria-Hungary (today Ostrava, Czech Republic), Friedmann moved to Berlin and became a successful artist. When Nazi persecution of Jews began in 1933, he was no longer permitted to work and ordered to remove his art from the galleries. In 1938, Friedmann fled with his family to Prague, only to be deported in 1941 to the Lodz Ghetto, then to camps Auschwitz-Birkenau and Gleiwitz I. Nazi authorities looted his oeuvre of 2,000 works in Berlin and Prague.

Friedmann survived a Death March to Camp Blechhammer, where he was liberated in January 1945 by the Red Army. Torn from his memories, he created the powerful series, Because They Were Jews! The artwork shows the evolution of the Holocaust from his deportation to the ghetto and several concentration camps until liberation. He supplemented his testimony with descriptions of the scenes portrayed in his works to create a singularly detailed pictorial and written record. His postwar journey led from Czechoslovakia to Israel to the United States.

After his death, his daughter Miriam Friedman Morris collected and organized his works which have been displayed worldwide. Numerous pieces of the collection are available online and on display at the Holocaust History Museum, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.

The exhibition at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida presents a rare opportunity for area visitors to see so much of the collection in one exhibition.

IMAGE: A Little Happiness Around the Oven During a Sad Time in Lodz Ghetto
Copyright ©1989 Miriam Friedman Morris
All Rights Reserved

Dates are tentative and subject to change. Please call 407-628-0555 to confirm exact dates

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Remembering Ravensbruck

July 6 – September 25

Remembering Ravensbruck highlights the unique experiences of women in the Holocaust. Every Jew who was captured and forced to endure the hardships of slave labor camps suffered enormously. This exhibit silently tells the story of the special suffering of women and girls who were sent to this terrifying place.

Created by the Kennesaw State University Public History and German Studies Programs and the Ravensbrück Memorial Site, it tells the story of the Nazi concentration camp where more than 150,000 women were interred.

The panel-based exhibition features historic photographs, maps, and artwork created by the prisoners, highlighting the stories of individual women imprisoned at the camp as well as female guards who willingly implemented the Nazi “Final Solution.”

Dates are tentative and subject to change. Please call 407-628-0555 to confirm exact dates

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Myriam Brysk: Scrolls of Remembrance

October 5 – December 30

We are pleased to present the area premiere of the newest works of Miriam Brysk, an exhibit entitled The Scroll of Remembrance. This is the third exhibition created by Dr. Brysk, a Holocaust Survivor and retired professor living in Ann Arbor Michigan. Her previous works – In a Confined Silence and Children of the Holocaust, have been displayed here and were highly acclaimed.

Brysk has created a unique process for creating the works: using digitally altered and blended photographs of lost people and places, layered with added details that evoke the humanity lost to hate. Brysk will be available to speak at an opening reception for the works and will discuss both the techniques and history behind her artistic choices.

Dates are tentative and subject to change. Please call 407-628-0555 to confirm exact dates

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida · 851 N Maitland Ave · Maitland, FL 32751 · Phone: 407-628-0555 · info@holocaustedu.org