Past Exhibits

Past exhibits

 

Filming the Camps: from Hollywood to Nuremberg

On exhibit June – December 2018

Directors John Ford, Samuel Fuller and George Stevens created classics like The Grapes of Wrath, Shane and The Big Red One. They also filmed the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. This powerful exhibit explores these filmmakers’ experiences during and after WWII, their confrontation with Nazi atrocities, and the mark it left on them as artists. Open Sunday through Friday; included with admission.

The exhibition, curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, was designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF. Learn More.

Photo: George Stevens and his crew, France, 1944 © Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills, CA.

 

The Holocaust Unfolds: Reports from the Detroit Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News

On exhibit September – December 2018

Unlike mainstream media – including the Detroit Free Press and the New York Times – the Detroit Jewish News and its predecessor publication, the Detroit Jewish Chronicle, continuously reported on the rise and fall of Nazism. View reports from Hitler’s ascension to power through the destruction of European Jewry to the trial of Adolph Eichmann. This exhibit debunks the myths about what was known and when. Learn More.

Exhibit made possible by the Detroit Jewish News Foundation.


 

The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey From France

On exhibit April – June 2018

More than three generations of Americans have grown up reading the stories of an irrepressible little brown monkey known in this country as “Curious George.” But few people know about the incredible journey made by his creators, Margret and H.A. Rey, to escape the Nazi invasion of Paris at the start of World War II. Stashing a few precious belongings and manuscripts in their knapsacks and the baskets of their bicycles, the Jewish couple fled Paris in June 1940, starting a five month odyssey by bike, train, and boat that would eventually bring them to American shores.

The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey From France tells the story of the Rey’s journey, featuring 25 framed art prints by artist Allan Drummond and supplemental archival images from the extraordinary holdings of the DeGrummond Collection of Children’s Literature at the University of Southern Mississippi. The exhibition is based in part on the 2005 publication, The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Allan Drummond (Houghton Mifflin Company, New York).

More than just the tale of a rousing escape from occupied France, this exhibition celebrates a timeless survival story, one that serves as a potent reminder of the power of human creativity and the cost when voices and visions are silenced by the impact of war. Learn more.


 

Sifting Through Ashes

On exhibit January – March 2018

Artist Bruce Gendelman’s impactful paintings, photography and sculpture demonstrate the important role of contemporary art in educating new audiences about the Holocaust in the coming post-witness era.

Fresh from a tour at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, this dramatic and moving exhibit expresses the artist’s reaction to Holocaust sites in Poland and Ukraine. Also on exhibit were several sculptures by Holocaust Memorial Center Survivor Speaker Henry Friedman. Learn more.


 

Stitching History from the Holocaust

On exhibit July – December 2017

In 1939, Paul Strnad wrote to his cousin Alvin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Desperate to obtain an affidavit to escape the onslaught of Nazi Germany, Paul sent Alvin sketches of his wife Hedwig’s (Hedy’s) dress designs. Paul and Hedy hoped that these examples of her work would provide evidence of their financial independence. Despite Alvin’s best efforts, both Hedy and Paul were murdered in the Holocaust. The JMM worked with the Costume Shop of the Milwaukee Theater to create the dresses from Hedy’s sketches and to put together this exhibit exploring her life and work.

Stitching History from the Holocaust and the eight beautiful dresses represent the incalculable loss caused by the Holocaust, in this moving exhibit on loan from the Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM). Learn more.


 

Anne Frank: A History for Today

On exhibit January – June 2017

This powerful exhibit, developed by the Anne Frank House and sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, tells the story of the Frank family before, during, and after the rise of the Nazis. It shows how people were persecuted by political decisions and by the actions of individuals, and it depicts individuals who chose to become perpetrators, those who were bystanders, and those who were willing to resist Nazy tyranny. Learn more.


 

Holocaust By Bullets | Yahad-In Unum – Ten Years of Investigations

On exhibit June – December 2016

This powerful exhibit showcases Yahad-In Unum’s investigation of the mass executions of more than 2.2 million Jews and Roma in Eastern Europe by Nazi mobile killing units. They have identified 1,893 execution sites in 7 countries and gathered 4,714 videotaped eyewitness testimonies. Led by Director Marco Gonzalez and Founder and President, Father Patrick Desbois, Yahad-In Unum’s historic undertaking ensures that these victims won’t be forgotten and will be respectfully memorialized. Learn more.


 

A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés

On exhibit January – May 2016

Eleanor Winters’ delicate yet powerful calligraphic artworks evoke the memory of the 11,400 French Jewish children who were deported – and the vast majority murdered – between 1942 and 1944 through the complicity of the Vichy Government.

Inspired by the plaques erected throughout Paris, the poetic phrasing of the exhibit reflects an almost tangible sorrow and shame through which the artist’s message shines: Ne les oublions jamais (We must never forget them). Learn more.