This traveling exhibition is based on the journal written by Hélène Berr, a young Jewish French woman, whose promising future was brutally cut short by Vichy Government's laws and the extermination plan imagined by the Nazis.  Studying English Literature at Sorbonne University, Helene Berr was 21 years old when she began her journal.  We follow her steps through Paris under the German Occupation, perceiving the daily experience of the unbearable, oscillating between hope and despair, until her arrest and deportation to Auschwitz in 1944.

While revealing a true premonition of the inescapable, this subtle testimony is exceptionally poetic, has rare literary qualities, and carries a universal dimension that regards and questions every human being with sincerity.  The exhibition however goes beyond the framework of Helene Berr's journal and personality, as it broadens the context of the Occupation and addresses largely the persecution of the Jews in France.  With the support of films, photographs, interactive videos, maps, archives, and facsimile documents, this exhibition shows how the daily lives of Jews had been impacted by these terrible acts of violence.

This exhibition, curated by Karen Taïeb and Sophie Nagiscarde, was designed, created, and circulated by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France) and made possible through the generous support of the SNCF.


Where: Richland Library (1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC)
When: April 8-May 10, 2013

Richland Library 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC

A Stolen Life: Hélène Berr

When
April 8- May 17, 2013
Where
Richland Library
1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC

This traveling exhibition is based on the journal written by Hélène Berr, a young Jewish French woman, whose promising future was brutally cut short by Vichy Government's laws and the extermination plan imagined by the Nazis.  Studying English Literature at Sorbonne University, Helene Berr was 21 years old when she began her journal.  We follow her steps through Paris under the German Occupation, perceiving the daily experience of the unbearable, oscillating between hope and despair, until her arrest and deportation to Auschwitz in 1944.

While revealing a true premonition of the inescapable, this subtle testimony is exceptionally poetic, has rare literary qualities, and carries a universal dimension that regards and questions every human being with sincerity.  The exhibition however goes beyond the framework of Helene Berr's journal and personality, as it broadens the context of the Occupation and addresses largely the persecution of the Jews in France.  With the support of films, photographs, interactive videos, maps, archives, and facsimile documents, this exhibition shows how the daily lives of Jews had been impacted by these terrible acts of violence.

This exhibition, curated by Karen Taïeb and Sophie Nagiscarde, was designed, created, and circulated by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France) and made possible through the generous support of the SNCF.


Where: Richland Library (1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC)
When: April 8-May 10, 2013

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