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2016 Exhibitions
"Interspersed," by Samuel Bak "H·O·P·E: Paintings by Samuel Bak”

April 1, 2016 through September 11, 2016
Holocaust artist Samuel Bak creates an astoundingly complex, beautiful and richly colorful journey for viewers in his newest exhibit at Holocaust Museum Houston. In “H·O·P·E: Paintings by Samuel Bak,” the letters from the word H·O·P·E. appear in various phases, some partially hidden, others fragmented, some large, others small. The paintings in the H·O·P·E series do not attempt to illustrate the atrocities of the Holocaust, yet they show viewers the destruction, ruin and sadness left in its wake. “The call to create art – and indeed to respond creatively to its power – allows us to find hope even in shattering despair,” Bak has said. The exhibition includes a selection of 33 works by the Massachusetts-based artist, recognized internationally as one of the most important artists of his time. HMH members are invited to a preview reception with the artist from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

Hélène Berr “Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life”

August 26, 2016 through November 13, 2016
“Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life,” an exhibit by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), is from the personal journal written by Hélène Berr.  The exhibit tells the story of a young Jewish French woman, whose promising future was brutally cut short by the Vichy Government's laws and the Nazi extermination plan.  Studying English Literature at Sorbonne University, Hélène Berr was 21 years old when she began her journal. The narrative follows her steps through Paris under German Occupation, observing her daily experiences of the unbearable, oscillating between hope and despair, until her arrest and deportation to Auschwitz in 1944. She died in Bergen Belsen days before the liberation of the camp in 1945; exemplified by the last lines of her journal, “Horror! Horror! Horror!”. The exhibition was designed, created and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, France (curators Karen Taieb and Sophie Nagiscarde), with the guidance of Mariette Job niece of Hélène Berr, and made possible through the generous support of SNCF. A reception open to the public is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 25, 2016, with opening remarks by Sujiro Seam, Consul Général of France in Houston, and Jacques Fredj, Executive Director of the Mémorial de la Shoah, as well as a lecture by Dr. Michael R. Marrus at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but advance registration is required.   Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

Detail Plan of Kiev, which indicated the Jewish cemetery and Babi Yar
. 1914 “Babi Yar: Faces and Fates, 75th Anniversary of the Tragedy”

September 9, 2016 through October 30, 2016
“Babi Yar: Faces and Fates; 75th Anniversary of the Tragedy,” is in remembrance of the mass extermination of Jews in Kiev, Ukraine, on September 29 - 30, 1941.  Kiev is documented as one of the cities targeted by the Nazis for "the final solution of the Jewish question.” All Jews were killed regardless of age, sex, health or social status. The victims were schoolchildren, infants, elderly people, pregnant women, professors, doctors, violinists, teachers and others. A huge ravine at the outskirts of Kiev became the scene of the mass execution by the Einsatzgruppen C that during the first two days killed 33,771 persons. The exhibition consists of eight panels, beginning with Jewish life in Kiev for ten centuries, their contribution to the city’s history and visage, and the structure of Kiev’s population on the eve of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June, 1941. Additional panels highlight the first days of the war, the public mood in the city, and the events leading up to the massacre. The Babi Yar executions under Nazi occupation continued for two years, ending with the liberation of Kiev in November, 1943. Only a handful of Jews survived due to friends and relatives who managed to acquire fake IDs to prove their “racial purity” and by others who protected them in hiding. A reception, immediately followed by a memorial service, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 8, 2016. The Memorial Service led by Cantor Tunitsky will be from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required for this reception. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

2015 Exhibitions
Wood carving of little birds was a prevalent art form in all of the camps. A set of Audubon bird identification cards a “The Art of Gaman”

January 30, 2015 through September 20, 2015
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans in the United States, including men, women, children, the elderly and the infirm, for the duration of World War II. The evacuation affected the entire Japanese American population on the U.S. West Coast. Allowed only what they could carry, they were given just a few days to settle their affairs and report to assembly centers. Businesses were lost, personal property was stolen or vandalized and lives were shattered. Imprisoned in remote camps surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by soldiers with machine guns, the internees sought solace in art. Their artistic creations – a celebration of the nobility of the human spirit in adversity – are the focus of this new exhibit, “The Art of Gaman,” opening Jan. 30, 2015, and on view through Sept. 20, 2015. HMH members are invited to a free preview reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. To renew a membership or to join and attend, visit www.hmh.org, e-mail membership@hmh.org or call 713-527-1640.

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Armin T. Wegner, Courtesy, Armin T. Wegner Society "The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust: One Man Takes a Stand"

April 1, 2015 through August 7, 2015
Armin T. Wegner, who took pictures of dead, starving and homeless men, women and children during the atrocities against Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War I, was not Armenian or Jewish. He was a German who served as a nurse in the German army during the war, and his cause was not to shock or offend but to offer visible proof of the first European genocide of the 20th century. In April 1915, the Ottoman government embarked upon the systematic decimation of its civilian Armenian population. The persecutions continued with varying intensity until 1923 when the Ottoman Empire ceased to exist and was replaced by the Republic of Turkey. Although Wegner risked death for exposing his country's Turkish allies, he took numerous photos and kept diaries of the persecution, deportation and murder of the Armenians, a Christian minority. Estimates vary, but scholars agree between 600,000 and more than 1.5 million Armenians perished in Anatolia as a result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment and physical abuse, many from 1915-1916. More than 60 photographic plates from his work are the focus of this new exhibit “The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust: One Man Takes a Stand.” Turkey continues to dispute its role and the use of the term “genocide” to describe the massacres. 

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Bill Morgan's father, Yitzhak Margulies. Courtesy, Lois Gibson "Soul Survivors"

July 10, 2015 through September 13, 2015
The compelling exhibition, "Soul Survivors," will be the focus of Holocaust Museum Houston’s newest show highlighting several Houston-area Survivors of the Holocaust. The exhibit is comprised of seven composite art drawings by Lois Gibson, forensic artist for the Houston Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies. Gibson worked with five Survivors to sketch images of family members, who perished in the Holocaust, strictly from the Survivor’s memory. On display in the Central Gallery, July 10, 2015 through September 13, 2015, this exhibition provides a poignant expression of those lost in the Holocaust through the technique of forensic art.
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Fish seller and his wife in market on Friday, Kazimierz, Krakow ca. 1935-38. © Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy Internation “Photographs by Roman Vishniac: A Selection from the Permanent Collection of Holocaust Museum Houston”

September 25, 2015 through January 24, 2016
Holocaust Museum Houston is proud to present the work of famed photographer Roman Vishniac, recently donated to HMH’s permanent collection by his daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, with the support of the International Center of Photography (ICP). This exhibition, “Roman Vishniac: A Selection from the Permanent Collection of Holocaust Museum Houston” is presented in conjunction with the retrospective exhibition, “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  On display at  HMH will be 11 of Vishniac’s gelatin silver prints, highlighting Jewish life in Eastern Europe, ca. 1935-1938. HMH members are invited to a free preview reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. TO RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx. To renew a membership or to join and attend, visit www.hmh.org, e-mail membership@hmh.org or call 713-527-1640.

"Moonstones At Midnight," 2008-2009, oil on linen, 100" x 144", represents the light upon the land after a Holocaust ha “Sojourn in the Shadowlands”

October 15, 2015 through March 13, 2016
The work of artist Michael Roque Collins is the focus of Holocaust Museum Houston's upcoming exhibition, "Sojourn in the Shadowlands." The creation of the series evolved from Collins’ recent creative territory in painting and a growing interest in a specific sort of land. He is increasingly interested in sacred landscapes, which bring to mind both the suffering which humans are capable of bestowing on one another and aspects of the meditative and possibility of hope. The series consists of more than thirty oil-on-linen and mixed media paintings on black and white photographs. Images included are from the areas of the Neuengamme, Buchenwald and Auschwitz memorial camps, reflecting the memories which the land in and surrounding these camps evoke. Through the feeding of mixed media pigment, the photographs are transformed to other worlds capable of illumination and, at times, the sacred. Museum members are invited to a free preview reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. To renew a membership or to join and attend, visit www.hmh.org, e-mail membership@hmh.org or call 713-527-1640.
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