A collection of collage testimonies constructed by Holocaust survivors and their families

91 Holocaust Survivors from the 2106 / 2017 Memory Reconstruction Workshops


This 192 page exhibit catalog documenting the visual testimonies of 91 survivors is available while supplies last at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Contact: dcardin@jewishmuseummd.org

Charles Ota Heller, Ph.D.  Author of Prague: My Long Journey Home

"We are grateful to the many individuals who made the Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project possible. In particular, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our partner, Dr. Lori Shocket and her husband Dr. Neil Shocket, and The Human Element Project, for bringing such an inspirational and creative project to our community. And we are so thankful to the workshop participants, the survivors and their families, for trusting us with their stories and treasures."                                                         Deborah Cardin, Deputy Director of Programs and Development 

                                Jewish Museum of Maryland


Click on a survivor participant to read their personal story

" At the amazing, awesome exhibit that my siblings and I attended yesterday, I became emotional when seeing the plaque for our parents - Rose and Abe Rozga. To be in the company of all who participated - survivors and their families touched my heart in a way that I have never felt before".

© 2017 The Human Element Project

Selma Rozga-Lean

Baltimore Jewish Times

"It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Thank you so much for undertaking this difficult and important project - and thanks for allowing me to participate with mementos of my family. I really appreciate it!."

With the support of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 91 Holocaust survivors and their families gathered together in a series of workshops held over a period of several months. During hands-on sessions, participants meticulously assembled collages from memorabilia brought in photo albums and shoeboxes. The cathartic creative process provided survivors and their families a platform to delve into intensely personal stories of tragedy and survival, and an opportunity to move beyond the generalized platitude of never forget.

While contemporary work on the Holocaust often focuses on lives lost, the Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project focuses on stories of human adversity and triumph during WWII, while revitalizing family bonds and insuring that future generations will maintain the continuity of their stories. Read more: http://jewishtimes.com/59514/when-whats-past-is-prologue/news/