We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for making this exhibit possible: The Fine Foundation Chatham University Jennie King Mellon Library Emmai AlaquivaMichael Berger GalleryFriedman FamilyArlyn Gilboa, z”lDale LazarDavid RosenbergBarbara and Danny ShapiraGary SiegelNancy and Robert SmithMarcel WalkerWeinblum Family Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s Life and Legacy SocietyJewish Federation of Greater PittsburghStudents of… Read more “Revolving Doors Exhibit Acknowledgements”
In 2018, when Pittsburgh became the location of the deadliest antisemitic attack in the history of the United States, we at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh knew that our organization had more to do. We saw a need to shift the focus of our teaching from the specificity of the Holocaust to encompass the long… Read more “Looking to the Future”
Emmai AlaquivaAmerican OpticVoices: Roots (In Remembrance)2019Photograph This piece from OpticVoices: Roots features Tree of Life’s Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers. The “Roots” installment in the OpticVoices series was created in partnership with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. “Roots” highlights the faces that make up our communities, showing that for us to move forward, we must understand… Read more “OpticVoices: Roots (In Remembrance)”
M.L. WalkerAmerican ShulamitFrom CHUTZ-POW!: Superheroes of the Holocaust Volume III2017Pen and ink drawing reproduced on vinyl This illustration from the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s CHUTZ-POW! Superheroes of the Holocaust Volume III: The Young Survivors shows Shulamit Bastacky briefly telling her story of survival. CHUTZ-POW! SUPERHEROES OF THE HOLOCAUST is an acclaimed and ongoing comic-book series… Read more “Shulamit/CHUTZ-POW!”
Birthdate: August 25, 1941 Birthplace: Vilna, Lithuania “I was locked up there, and the reason I was like that was because I was born Jewish and I was not supposed to be alive.” Shulamit Bastacky was born shortly after the Nazis seized power in Vilnius. Her parents made the difficult decision to give up their… Read more “Shulamit Bastacky”
Emmai AlaquivaAmerican OpticVoices: Roots (Shulamit & Shlomo)2019Photograph This piece from OpticVoices: Roots features late Holocaust survivor Shulamit Bastacky z”l. The “Roots” installment in the OpticVoices series was created in partnership with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. “Roots” highlights the faces that make up our communities, showing that for us to move forward, we must understand… Read more “OpticVoices: Roots (Shulamit & Shlomo)”
Caroline MeadAmerican On This Day2019Stained birch wood, mirror, gold paint In 2019, a group of six University of Pittsburgh students received competitive summer fellowships. Together, they created an exhibit describing the reactions of college students to the shooting at Tree of Life. The exhibit, titled “To Those Who Grasp It: Student Responses to Oct. 27th,”… Read more “On This Day”
Ryan NealAmerican Escaping ButterfliesGrand Prize winner of the Holocaust Center’s 2021-2022 Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition2022Polystyrene foam, plastic, fabric, paint, wire, wood This piece was created by 10th grader Ryan Neal of Avonworth High School. She won the 2021-2022 Grand Prize in the Holocaust Center’s annual Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition. The competition,… Read more “Escaping Butterflies”
On October 27, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at the Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation building in Pittsburgh, PA, while three congregations were gathered for Shabbat morning services. Eleven people were killed and six were injured. It is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States. The Pittsburgh community joined… Read more “October 27, 2018”
Dale LazarAmerican Memorial to the Murdered Jews of EuropeBerlin, Germany2016Photograph This photograph depicts Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It was taken by Pittsburgh-area photographer Dale Lazar. “Visit Berlin” describes the memorial as follows: “On a site covering 19,000 square meters [are] 2711 concrete slabs of different heights. The area is open day… Read more “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe”
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