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DATE: Sept. 23, 2005

Alfred Berkowitz Gallery features Holocaust art and artifacts

DEARBORN---The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan-Dearborn will host "Children of the Holocaust: Stories from the Voice/Vision Archives" through Friday, Oct. 14.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, highlights children's stories that exist in UM-Dearborn's Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, a collection of oral testimonies of those who survived the Holocaust, which are available to researchers, students and the general public.

"In many respects, the Holocaust was a war on children as the Nazis sought to eliminate Jews and Jewish culture," said librarian Barbara Kriigel, who helped to organize the exhibition. "The Voice/Vision Archives includes testimonies from children who were hidden, transported and survived in the camps."

"The Stones Weep" by artist Miriam Brysk is featured at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery's "Children of the Holocaust" exhibition.

"Children of the Holocaust" features artwork by Miriam Brysk, a child survivor whose own experiences and a trip to the Eastern Europe camps in 2002 were the inspiration for her art.

Other items showcased at the exhibition include photographs, documents and other personal items on loan from Holocaust survivors, including a child's sweater.

"Most survivors have few, if any, items of this kind," Kriigel said. "Photographs sometimes survived because relatives in other countries had been sent copies. Documentation survived as people tried to put their lives back together after the war."

The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, located on the third floor of UM-Dearborn's Mardigian Library, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information about the exhibition, call (313) 593-3592. For more information on UM-Dearborn's Voice/Vision Archives, visit http://holocaust.umd.umich.edu/.

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