8/1/2003
 
Women of Ravensbruck: Portraits of Courage
 
Holocaust Museum Houston will focus on women and their experiences in the Holocaust with the opening of the art exhibit Women of Ravensbrück: Portraits of Courage in the Josef & Edith Mincberg Gallery, Morgan Family Center at 7:00 PM on August 7, 2003. Ravensbrück was the largest of the Nazi’s concentration camps for women, located about 50 miles north of Berlin. It was opened in May 1939 for an estimated 3,000 people, but soon grew to an astonishing 132,000 women and children from 23 nations. These women were not only starved, beaten, raped and murdered, but were also subjected to cruel medical experiments. They faced overwhelming discrimination, first for their religious or political affiliations, and then just for being women. In the end, an estimated 92,000 died.

Amazingly, the average American is not in the least familiar with the courage and determination of the women of Ravensbrück, or the camp itself. Julia Terwilliger, a Florida artist, dedicated her life to preserving the memory of these women. She was determined to shed light on their trials and courage and set about building a collection of interviews from the amazing women who survived the camp. She gathered photographs and even visited Ravensbrück itself and eventually compiled the information into seven large wooden panels with mixed media and photo transfer images. Although she died before her work was finished, her friend and Florida Holocaust Museum curator, Rochelle G. Saidel, PhD, completed the exhibit, assembling the text and photographs illustrating the broad spectrum of women imprisoned in the camp.

The exhibit coming to the Holocaust Museum will also include original artifacts from the camp. One item, a cookbook made by the women in Ravensbrück, is very rare and probably unique in the United States. The women found that sharing their recipes helped build a sense of community and was a way of preserving their dignity and humanity.

Women of Ravensbrück: Portraits of Courage will be on display at Holocaust Museum Houston through November 9, 2003. During the August 7 opening reception, visitors will have the chance to hear from Sonia Stern, a survivor of Ravensbrück who resides in Houston today. The exhibit is underwritten in memory of another Ravensbrück survivor, Sophie (Zofia Teresa) Leuchter, by her husband, Dr. Marcus D. Leuchter, and their children, Linda Addison and Dr. Andrew Leuchter, in cooperation with Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland Leonard Krazynski and incoming Honorary Consul Dr. Zbigniew Wojciechowski.

Holocaust Museum Houston is located in the heart of the Houston Museum District at 5401 Caroline St. Admission is free and the Museum is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 PM. For more information, check the website at http://www.hmh.org or call 713.942.8000.
 
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Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Memorial Day (May 25, 2015), D-Day (June 6, 2015), Kristallnacht (Nov. 9, 2015) and International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27, 2015).

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