Holocaust exhibition in Waikato
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.