“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
The Memory Project exhibition at the Galicia Jewish Museum opened on 1 July as part of the events for the 23rd Jewish Culture Festival.
The Memory Project, partially funded by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance through the Grant Programme, is an exhibit that addresses the universal themes of memory and loss through the story of one family and illustrates the transformative power of art.
At the center of the project are a traveling multi-screen exhibit and a documentary movie about a Polish Holocaust survivor's story and the attempt of a second generation relative to connect to her lost family through art. The educational program encourages participants to learn about a Holocaust victim's personal story and connect to that person through a drawing. These drawings are exhibited in schools and museums and shared via social media tools to connect contemporary media trends and Holocaust remembrance.
The exhibition was born out of artist Roz Jacobs’ need to recapture something that was destroyed – the life of a Jewish boy named Kalman who was separated from his sister, never to be seen again. The exhibition presents a series of Kalman’s portraits, painted based on his single surviving photograph, along with Kalman’s story and the stories of other members of the Jacobs family.