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“Living On” exhibition recalls Holocaust experiences

Portraits of Holocaust survivors and liberators are on display through September 22 in the Cress Gallery of the Fine Arts Center, Vine and Palmetto Streets.

The exhibition “Living On,” is large format, black and white photographic portraits of 60 men and women who live in Tennessee. A text panel accompanies each photograph, providing biographical information, a quote and a partial transcript from an interview about each person’s experience.

Additionally, an hour-long documentary edited from footage shot during the interview is being shown on a continuous loop in the gallery.

There are four Chattanooga residents profiled:

  • Ethel Berger, born in 1902 in Poland
  • Leonard Chill, born in 1932 in Poland
  • James F. Dorris, born in 1924 in Chattanooga, was a liberator at the Dachau concentration camp
  • William Klein, born in 1924 in Czechoslovakia

Several events are scheduled in conjunction with the exhibit:

  • September 6—Leonard Chill and James Dorris will speak about their Holocaust experience at 3:30 p.m. in Room 356, UTC Fine Arts Center.
  • September 8—Rob Heller, photographer of the “Living On” portraits, will lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theater, Fine Arts Center.
  • September 13—Special screenings of the documentary will be held at 4:30 and 6 p.m. in Room 356, Fine Arts Center. At 5:30 p.m., filmmaker and producer of the documentary, Will Pedigo, will give a talk.
  • September 15—Holocaust scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum will speak on “Survivors as Moral Teachers in Contemporary America” at 7 p.m. in the Benwood Auditorium of UTC’s Engineering Building.

The Fine Arts Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. From August 23 through September 22, the gallery will remain open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. For more information, call (423)425-4600.

August 19, 2005

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