Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 13, 2013

Exhibit offers portraits of Holocaust survivors

Museum looking for people to share their stories

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The Museum on Main's next exhibit, opening Jan. 8, is "Multiply by Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors," showcasing photographer Evvy Eisen's histories of Holocaust survivors living in California.

The Pleasanton museum is bringing the exhibit even closer to home by adding photographs and stories from Tri-Valley residents whose families were impacted by the Holocaust. The museum is still looking for people to share their stories.

"Most people have learned about the holocaust and read 'The Diary of Anne Frank' when they were in school, but what they may not realize is that there are individuals in their own community who narrowly escaped the Nazis or whose families were exterminated in Nazi death camps," said Jennifer Amiel, Director of Education for the museum.

The interviews with the survivors describe the horrors they experienced in Europe during the Holocaust and how they then come to the United States to create meaningful lives. They tell their stories hoping that intolerance and bigotry will be recognized in time to prevent genocides in the future.

"The horror years of the wartime taught me how to appreciate the basic values of life and to fully appreciate the good things it has to offer," said survivor Frank Roubicek.

"Multiply By Six Million" is included in the archives of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine in Paris, France.

Amiel said she is hoping the addition of local stories will help to bring an even more personal perspective to the exhibition. If you or someone you know has a story to share, contact Museum on Main by emailing education@museumonmain.org.

"Multiply by Six Million" was organized and toured by Exhibit Envoy; it will be at the Museum on Main from Jan. 8 through Feb. 28. For more information, visit www.museumonmain.org or phone 462-2766.

The museum is located at 603 Main St., open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The current exhibit, through Jan. 5, is "Celebrations: The Days We Mark and the Ways We Mark Them."

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