"Eyes from the Ashes" which will be shown at the Hunter Museum of Art February 21-March 29, features a collection of previously unknown and inaccessible photographs from the archives of the infamous Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birenau.
Instead of familiar and horrific images of Nazi terror, the exhibit is a unique collection of photographs brought to Auschwitz by its innocent victims. There are photos of friends, sweethearts, children, parents, and teachers. Others are of kids climbing mountains, doing acrobatics, and showing off.
"This exhibition focuses on images of who these people were, how they lived, what mattered to them, and who mattered to them. Rather than giving death the last word, I choose to put the final punctuation on life," said Ann Weiss, director and curator for "Eyes from the Ashes," and the daughter of Holocaust survivors.
Weiss discovered the photographs in 1986 on an organized trip to the concentration camp as a freelance journalist. Until her discovery, the photographs had been locked away for nearly 50 years. It is the only collection of its kind to survive. Since then she has interviewed Holocaust survivors and hunted through accounts of ghettos and camps in Poland to piece together identities of many people seen in the sepia-colored photographs. Weiss will open the exhibit at the Hunter Museum on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 7:30-9 p.m. with her film, Eyes from the Ashes, and by sharing stories about the photos.
Last updated: February 10, 1998.
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