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Museum of art showcasing Holocaust exhibit

Published 9:30am Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Huntsville Museum of Art is putting on three programs in support of one of its newest exhibits.

Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art is the exhibit now on view through June 10 at the museum.

Communications Manager Stephanie Kelley said the purpose of the three programs is to educate the Tennessee Valley area about the Holocaust and its survivors.

“It’s got an educational component to it,” Kelley said. “We’re working in conjunction with an organization out of Birmingham to teach about the Holocaust, genocide and bigotry.”

The first program will be Yom HaShaoa Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. A book discussion will be May 24 and The Life and Art of Charlotte Salomon exhibit will be June 10.

“We’ll have photographs of 20 survivors that live in Alabama,” she said.

On April 22, the Museum invites the public to participate in the Observance of Yom HaShoah, A Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust. The program will include remembrances as told by Regina Dembo, one of the survivors portrayed in the exhibit.

Kelley said other program activities will include a reading of a narrative with stories and music of the Holocaust and wards for essays from an area-wide school contest. The contest winner will read his or her essay.

The event will be held in the Loretta Spencer Hall. The Jewish Federation of Huntsville and North Alabama is sponsoring the program and will host a reception following it.


Program dates and times:


Book Discussion, Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.

The museum will present a book discussion of “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel. It will be held in the museum’s barber parlor off the Great Hall.

“The Life and Art of Charlotte Salomon” – An Alabama Humanities Foundation


Program, Sunday, June 10, 2 p.m.

The museum will host an Alabama Humanities Foundation Presentation entitled the “The Life and Art of Charlotte Salomon” with Dr. Donald K. Berry, director of the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.

Using visuals of diary pages and audios of accompanying music, Berry will take Museum visitors on a journey examining the life of 23-year-old Charlotte Salomon, a refugee from Nice, France.


The Exhibition – Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art, now through June 10.

Darkness into Life presents the stories of 20 Holocaust survivors who reside in Alabama using narratives about each survivor, paintings by Mitzi Levin, and photographs of survivors in the present by Becky Seitel. Created to educate, the exhibit has traveled throughout the state to help teach students about the Holocaust, genocide, and bigotry.

The exhibition is sponsored by Major (Ret.) and Stanley Minkinow, Pam and Ken Rhodes, Jerry and Arlene Averbuch, Rabbi Elizabeth Bahar of Temple B’nai Sholom, The Jewish Federation of Huntsville and North Alabama, The Alabama State Council on the Arts, The Huntsville Times, and The Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art.

All programs are free and open to the public.

The Museum is closed Mondays and some major holidays. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday,11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours Thursdays until 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit or call (256) 535-4350.

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