Vedem Underground: The Secret Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto
In 1942, a secret society of boys risked their lives to expose the truth behind Adolf Hitler’s most elaborate hoax, page by page. Trapped behind the walls of a “show camp” the Nazis built to hide plans of mass extermination for European Jews, these teenage prisoners secretly created Vedem (“In The Lead”), a magazine that unflinchingly documented life within the ghetto’s walls. For almost two years, Vedem’s editors, writers and illustrators scoured the ghetto to produce the 800 pages that would make Vedem the longest-running magazine inside a Nazi camp. Here is the story about the brotherhood that told the truth behind the wall of lies.
VEDEM UNDERGROUND is a Smithsonian-endorsed art exhibit that breaks down the 83 weekly issues of Vedem, then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine. VEDEM UNDERGROUND enlarges the intimate scale of the original publication while mixing and matching works of art with poetry and prose to create a collage in which Vedem is reinterpreted as a work of creative activism that remains as relevant today as it did more than 70 years ago.
Vedem Underground is a traveling exhibit of the Vedem Foundation.
The exhibit was created by Rina Taraseiskey, Michael Murphy and Danny King
Support for this exhibit provided by:
A generous gift from Judie and Emery H. Rosenbluth Jr.