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Eyewitness to horror: New York museum opens exhibit of art by Holocaust victims


Added 01-16-20 01:10:03am EST - “Michael Morris, a curator at New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage, was tryi...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Eyewitness to horror: New York museum opens exhibit of art by Holocaust victims”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Morris, a curator at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, was trying to fulfill a run-of-the mill request when he uncovered a treasure trove of eyewitness depictions of the Holocaust, drawn in pencil, ink and crayon.

“It was a light bulb moment,” said Morris, who put together an exhibit of art created by some of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazi regime.

“Rendering Witness: Holocaust-Era Art as Testimony,” which opens this week at the lower Manhattan museum, comes at a time when U.S. anti-Semitic hate crimes have spiked and memories of the horrors of the Holocaust are fading.

“This exhibition stands against and educates about the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry of any kind,” said Morris, describing the 21 powerful depictions of the Holocaust, mostly by Jewish prisoners.

It all started with another institution’s request to borrow some of the pieces in the museum’s collection. As Morris reviewed the dozens of works in its vaults, he knew immediately that it was high time for the museum to mount an exhibition of its own.

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