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January 13, 2010 > Legacy of Holocaust Survivors

Legacy of Holocaust Survivors

Submitted By Heather Mellon Curator: Diane Curry
Photos By Frank and Hella Roubicek

Multiply by Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors presents a visually arresting and powerful first-person history of one of the defining events of the 20th century through photographic portraits and personal stories of Holocaust survivors. This exhibit opens at the Hayward Area Historical Society Downtown Museum on January 16 and will be on display through March 13.

The exhibition showcases contemporary photographer Evvy Eisen's 15-year-long project to create portraits of survivors living in California and to collect their personal histories. Critically lauded, the project works are included in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine in Paris, France.

By featuring individual survivor portraits and stories, Multiply By Six Million offers viewers a personal perspective on the Holocaust. Survivors tell their stories in hopes that the seeds of today's intolerance and bigotry are recognized in time to prevent tomorrow's genocides. The exhibition describes the horrors that the survivors experienced in Europe during the Holocaust and how they then come to the United States to create meaningful lives and contribute to society in their adopted county. Survivor Frank Roubicek shares, "The horror years of the wartime taught me how to appreciate the basic values of life and to fully appreciate the good things it has to offer."

Multiply by Six Million includes 37 stunning black and white photographs and is accompanied by a 24-minute DVD and an album of additional survivor portraits. Labels allow visitors to understand historical events in Europe leading up to the Holocaust and contemplate current concerns about intolerance and genocide.

The Multiply by Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors exhibition tour was organized by the California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA), with support from photographer Evvy Eisen. CERA is a network of professionally operated museums and cultural organizations that collaborate to create and tour smaller, affordable, high quality exhibitions that enhance civic engagement and human understanding. CERA is generously supported by The James Irvine Foundation, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and the California Council for the Humanities.

For more information, call (510) 581-0223 or visit www.haywardareahistory.org.

Legacy of Holocaust Survivors
January 16 through March 13
Tuesday through Saturday
11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Hayward Area Historical Society Downtown Museum
22701 Main Street, Hayward
(510) 581-0223

Admission is free

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