One of the photos to be displayed at the ‘When you Listen to a Witness...’ exhibit..
(photo credit: JACEK BENDARCZYK/EPA)
‘When You Listen to a Witness, You Become a Witness” is the title of a unique photo exhibition that will open on January 28, the day after Holocaust Remembrance Day, at UN headquarters in New York.
The exhibition includes dozens of powerful images that were photographed over the 25 years that the March of the Living has been taking place. The photos were not taken in the Holocaust era but during the March of the Living trips, in which survivors participated alongside Jewish youths from around the world. The educational tours took them to death camps in Poland, such as Majdanek, Treblinka, Auschwitz and Birkenau, as well as Jewish cultural centers that were destroyed.
March of the Living chairman Shmuel Rosenman said that it is very significant that the exhibition is being held at the UN.
“The UN was a product of the Second World War; therefore, it is important that the Nazis’ atrocities and the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators solely because they were Jewish receive wide international coverage. Tens of thousands of people from around the world visit the UN Visitor Center in New York, and now all of them will be able to view this exhibit for the next month and be exposed to the atrocities carried out by the Nazis. We must continue to fight against anti-Semitism and racism,” Rosenman said.
Rosenman expressed his deep gratitude to Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, and the entire embassy staff for their outstanding contribution to the UN exhibition. Prosor, Rosenman and March of the Living vice-chairman Shlomo Grofman will all speak at the opening event. The exhibition will run for one month.
The March of the Living is held every year to coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Thousands of Jewish youths from around the world, alongside Holocaust survivors, gather for a week in Poland to visit death camps and Jewish cultural sites that were destroyed. Afterward, they come to Israel for a week to experience Israel’s rebirth and to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day.
Translated by Hannah Hochner.