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    The Jacket from Dachau: One Survivor’s Search for Justice, Identity, and Home

    In July of 2015, the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center was contacted by a vintage clothing dealer about a recent acquisition of a unique garment at an estate sale. In the back of a walk-in closet, amid a variety of old shirts and vintage dresses, hung a faded striped jacket. A year later, we now know the story of…

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  • Producing Silence: Hollywood, the Holocaust, and the Jews

    This original illustrated exhibition discusses the impact of the Holocaust, the Nazi party and antisemitism, and their effect on the production and censorship of the American film industry. This exhibit is an attempt to capture and explore some of the tensions that Hollywood faced during the 1930-1942 years.

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  • In the Land of the Shahs: Jewish Lives in Persia/Iran

    This exhibit documents the rich history of the Jews of Persia/Iran. It focuses extensively on World War II, the golden period under the last Shah, the Islamic revolution, and recent struggles of Jews with antisemitism and Holocaust denial. Produced with the involvement of the local Iranian/Persian community and scholars, it contains over 43 historic, archival, and modern day images that help to…

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    Art As Conscience/REMEMBER! The Holocaust Art of Aaron Morgan

    Art, like his Jewish Heritage, was at the core of Aaron Morgan’s being. A native New Yorker, Morgan studied art at the High School of Art & Design, attended The Pratt Institute, and was a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He was a member of The American Guild of Judaic Art and The Jewish…

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  • Unwelcomed Words: Nazi Anti-Jewish Street Signs

    In Germany, beginning in 1933, the Nazis implemented anti-Jewish instructions and practices in order to segregate the Jews. This exhibit focuses on the public signs that relentlessly degraded, harassed, offended, hurt, and perniciously contributed to the curtailment of Jewish life in Germany before the outbreak of World War II. 

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    The Train From Auschwitz: Journey From Shame to Self-Realization

    Artist David Gev’s mixed-media sculpture and video installation interprets his father’s journey in a livestock train cart to Auschwitz. His accounts of starvation, coldness, fear, exhaustion, and death are the genesis of Gev’s art. He imagines a colored landscape with ever-changing horizon lines seen through a slit in the wooden panels.

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  • Their Brother’s Keepers: American Liberators of Nazi Death Camps

    Buchenwald, Nordhausen, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau – these are only some of the camps the American army liberated. The bulk of the army consisted of 19 to 25 year-old men who had already experienced the ravages of war. But these young soldiers had neither heard of the concentration camps nor the horrors that were being committed inside their gates. Their memories would be forever marked…

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  • Lost Voices: Greek Jews and the Holocaust

    The German Nazi forces entered Salonika in April 1941. Following two years of punishing measures directed at the 56,000 Jews in the city, such as the wearing of the Yellow Star and the robbing of all their belongings, the Jewish population was finally restricted to specific areas. On March 15, 1943, the first deportation took place. This exhibit focuses on how…

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    Cruel Correspondence: Antisemitic Postcards 1895-1930

    In the early 20th century, picture postcards were the most convenient form of short and quick communication. By studying these postcards, it is clear that antisemitism was not just a belief disseminated by political leaders, journalists, scholars and rabble-rousers; it was the general public that eagerly bought and mailed these hateful postcards.

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  • Music In Hell

    Rough visual and audio representations, this exhibit examines the wide scope of the musical activities that existed before, during, and after the Holocaust: choirs, orchestras, and chamber groups that operated for months, and sometimes years, in the midst of the inferno. Whether a symbol of defiance, resistance or hope, music plays a transformative role in the lives of those who survived and…

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  • Genocide Among the Flowers: Seymour Kaftan’s Ponary Paintings

    This exhibit tells the story of Vilnius’ Jews starting with the Nazi invasion, and including the Ponary tragedy. It does so through the visual images recorded by Seymour Kaftan—born Szepsel Kaftanjski—in 26 oil paintings. A Holocaust survivor—he was 15 years old when the Nazis invaded his hometown—Kaftan documented his personal ordeal, depicting the horrors of Nazi brutality, the loss of…

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  • Goose Stepping on Long Island: Camp Siegfried

    In the mid-1930s an organization called the German-American Bund established fifteen summer camps throughout the United States, including one in then-bucolic Yaphank on Long Island. This exhibit exposes the work and the propaganda activities of the Bund at the time when the threat of Nazism seemed foreign to the U.S., certainly to the hinterland of Long Island. It also underlines…

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