HOLOCAUST MEMORY RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
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.
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
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Baltimore Jewish Times
Exhibit opens March 5th, 2017
"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.