Holo­caust ex­hi­bi­tion in Waikato

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The Shad­ows of Shoah ex­hi­bi­tion, which was of­fi­cially launched by Prime Min­is­ter John Key in 2013, has made its way to the Waikato.

Ar­riv­ing from Christchurch and open­ing in the Ti­rau Church hall on Jan­uary 15, the ex­hi­bi­tion has been de­scribed as an ac­claimed artis­tic and ed­u­ca­tional work.

Us­ing pho­tog­ra­phy and orig­i­nal mu­sic, se­lected episodes from Holo­caust sur­vivors’ ex­pe­ri­ences are pre­sented in a brief, com­pelling for­mat.

‘‘Shad­ows of Shoah strives to pro­duce pow­er­ful and evoca­tive art while care­fully main­tain­ing his­tor­i­cal ac­cu­racy,’’ cre­ator Perry Trot­ter said.

The Shad­ows of Shoah ex­hi­bi­tion was of­fi­cially launched by the Prime Min­is­ter at a United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Day event in Auck­land in 2013.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is a New Zealand pro­duced work and fea­tures sur­vivors from New Zealand, Aus­tralia, USA and Is­rael.

Since its launch, the ex­hi­bi­tion has been tour­ing mu­se­ums, art gal­leries, schools and pub­lic spa­ces through­out New Zealand. The ex­hi­bi­tion is next due in Lower Hutt.

Chief cus­to­dian and guide John Kooper­berg said view­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion gen­er­ally re­quires around 25 min­utes.

‘‘While I have a strong con­vic- tion that the his­tory of the Holo­caust is im­por­tant and should not be for­got­ten, I also feel that con­cepts can be re­lated back to daily ex­pe­ri­ence in New Zealand, par­tic­u­larly as we de­velop an in­creas­ingly di­verse eth­nic, cul­tural and re­li­gious pro­file.’’

A spe­cial United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Day event will be held in Ti­rau on Jan­uary 27. This year marks the 71st an­niver­sary of the lib­er­a­tion of Auschwitz-Birke­nau. The event will be held at the Ti­rau Church hall from 7pm, all are wel­come.

Fol­low­ing the event there will be an op­por­tu­nity to view the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Ad­mis­sion is free but RSVP is re­quested by email­ing rsvp@shad­ow­sof­shoah.com.

Ex­hi­bi­tion open times are 10am-4pm daily, 1pm-4pm Sun­days un­til Fe­bru­ary 1 at the Ti­rau Church hall, ad­ja­cent to the Ti­rau In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on State High­way 1. A gold coin do­na­tion is ap­pre­ci­ated.


The Shad­ows of Shoah ex­hi­bi­tion presents the sto­ries of sev­eral Holo­caust sur­vivors.

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