… and opens Holo­caust art ex­hi­bi­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY NIS­SAN TZUR

THE GER­MAN Chan­cel­lor opened the big­gest ex­hi­bi­tion of Holo­caust art out­side Is­rael in Ber­lin on Mon­day.

Art from the Holo­caust, at the Ger­man His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum in Ber­lin, fea­tures 100 works made by 50 Jewish artists dur­ing the Shoah; 24 of them were later mur­dered by the Nazis.

“The mil­lions of in­di­vid­ual sto­ries dur­ing the Shoah re­main deeply rooted in our na­tional con­science,” Mrs Merkel said at the open­ing.

The works come from the Yad Vashem art col­lec­tion and will be on dis­play un­til April 2016.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion al­lows a rare en­counter, es­pe­cially in Ber­lin, be­tween to­day’s viewer and the per­son who ex­pe­ri­enced the events of the Holo­caust. Each work is a tes­ti­mony to the Holo­caust pe­riod and a state­ment of the hu­man spirit that re­fuses to give in,” said Yad Vashem chair­man Avner Shalev.

In­ter­na­tional Holo­caust Re­mem­branceDay,onWed­nes­day,al­so­marked the 71st an­niver­sary of the lib­er­a­tion of Auschwitz-Birke­nau. The for­mer death camp last year had a record 1.72 mil­lion vis­i­tors.

Piotr Cy­win­ski, di­rec­tor of the Auschwitz-Birke­nau mu­seum, said: “The in­creas­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors is mainly due to the fact that AuschwitzBirke­nau has be­come the most sig­nif­i­cant sym­bol of the Holo­caust. It is the most pre­served camp.

“Peo­ple know that in or­der to un­der­stand the post-war pe­riod, they should first un­der­stand what hap­pened here.”

PHOTO: REUTERS

Merkel with sur­vivor and artist Nelly Toll at the ex­hi­bi­tion

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