Current Exhibit

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

Open through June 2017

In July of 2015, The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg (KHC) 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 Benzion Peresecki, a young Jewish man from Lithuania who wore this jacket for ten months in Dachau and kept it for 33 years. The exhibit tells Peresecki’s story of his immigration to the US, his legal pursuit of reparations, as well as historic photos, maps, multiple testimonies, and short films. It is a story of Holocaust survival that demonstrates the power of a single artifact to connect narratives of justice, identity, and a search for home.

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Core Exhibit

World War II & The Holocaust

The KHC core exhibit space, is a group of kiosks, a twenty foot long multi-media time line and mounted interactive computerized exhibits that tell the story of the Holocaust, beginning in pre-World War II Germany and continuing on to the current day. Residing here is a mixture of artifacts and archival materials from the KHC collection, audio and film clips, and video testimony of local Holocaust survivors reflecting on their experiences.

Past Exhibits

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  • Producing Silence

    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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  • Land Shahs

    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 tell this unique story.

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  • Unwelcome Words

    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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  • Brothers Keepers

    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 by the atrocities they witnessed.

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