Words, Music, Memory: (Re)presenting Voices of the Holocaust

Illustrations of writers who witnessed the Holocaust
Illustrations by Julia Guevara and Martha Hemingway

Commemoration is a process that involves witness, preservation, interpretation, and performance. This process calls upon human creativity, commitment, emotional connection, and contemporary context. Literature, music, and performance work together to open a window across space and time for generations to connect with one another. 

This ten-panel traveling exhibit and accompanying digital gallery guide highlights the links along the chain of commemoration that connect the past and the present and generation to generation. While the panels focus on the words of writers who witnessed the Holocaust, the gallery guide includes biographies of the writers, sketches by the panel illustrators, information about musical and dramatic pieces adapted from the writers' works, and interviews with composers, lyricists, performers, and producers. It also provides visitors with opportunities to access performance videos and share their perspectives.

Click here to access the Gallery Guide!

Click here to access the audio guide for the exhibit. 

Produced in partnership with the KSU Bailey School of Music and soprano Sheena Ramirez of the James Madison University (JMU) School of Music, the exhibit will open on September 19, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in conjunction with a lecture/performance featuring the Holocaust compositions of Dr. Laurence Sherr and Lori Laitman. Click here to learn more. Click here for a concert flyer and here for the program. 

If you are unable to attend in person, you are invited to register to attend the event via Zoom!

Words, Music, Memory will remain on display at the KSU Center through November 9, 2021, when it will accompany a closing concert in memory of Kristallnacht at Morgan Hall at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more details.

Please email us to inquire about availability of this traveling exhibit for your organization.