This is the New England premiere of the exhibit “Forbidden Art,” arranged through an ongoing interfaith collaboration with the Elms College Social Work Department and the Women’s Philanthropy Steering Committee, a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.
Elms is honored to host this exhibit on the heels of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and to be able to showcase the plight of the prisoners during Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), which is April 15-16. The pieces – often made using scraps of paper or other discarded materials – feature scenes documenting daily life in the camps as well as portraits of prisoners. They offer a window into how the prisoners mentally escaped from the horrors of their imprisonment by creating drawings and paintings, albums of greetings, and even illustrated fairy tales written for their children, with whom they longed to reunite.
The exhibit will be shown on the main floor of the Alumnae Library at Elms College from March 19 through April 30, giving students, faculty, staff and the community at large a chance to visit the pieces and reflect.
The campus installation is made possible through a generous grant from the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ Harold Grinspoon & Diane Troderman Hatikvah Holocaust Education Fund.
Additional supporters in bringing this traveling exhibit to Elms College include the Kosciuszko Foundation’s New England Chapter and the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning.
The exhibit is presented in North America by the Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools in exclusive partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
For more information, see our feature story: " 'Forbidden Art' Exhibit Tells Personal Stories of Auschwitz Prisoners."
A preview video is available on YouTube.
Please contact: The Elms College Institutional Marketing Department, 413-265-2589 or 413-265-2588.
a generous grant from the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts' Harold Grinspoon & Diane Troderman Hatikvah Holocaust Education Fund