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Bearing Witness 70 Years after the Liberation of Auschwitz

Bearing Witness 70 Years after the Liberation of Auschwitz

Date: 01/26/2015

Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Riverview Gallery Weisman Art Museum

Cost: Free


The Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies and its campus and community partners invite you to a special evening of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. CHGS will unveil the eight Minnesotan portraits of the forty overall paintings done for the "Portraits & Conversations with Survivors of the Shoah" project we coordinated with Spanish artist Felix de la Concha. The evening will also include a reception, a talk from Auschwitz survivor Dora Zaidenweber, and an interview and Q&A with Felix de la Concha.

"Portraits & Conversations" was conceived by de la Concha in 2007 when he began to paint portraits of Holocaust survivors from all over the world. While posing, the survivors talked about their lives and shared their testimonies of survival. These intimate sessions were recorded so that we could see the transformation from a blank canvas to a finished piece. In February of 2013 eight Holocaust survivors who reside in Minnesota participated in the project. There are now 40 completed portraits available to view in the virtual museum on the CHGS website. In addition to the paintings, CHGS also has the video and audio recordings of the sessions, which are on our YouTube channel.

The event is free and open to the public; however, reservations are required. Click here to reserve tickets, follow this link or call the reservation line after December 20, 2014 at 612-424-3624.

This project was made possible in part with the support of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Federation, as well as the sponsors below.

January 9th, 2015