UPCOMING EXHIBITS & EVENTS

Holocaust Museum Houston is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. The museum is open to the public seven days a week, and general admission is free. All events are free and take place at Holocaust Museum Houston Morgan Family Center, unless otherwise noted. Listings may be subject to change. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or visit the museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org.

EXHIBITS

Permanent Exhibit: “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers”
Permanent Exhibit Hall
Authentic film footage, artifacts, photographs and documents show life in pre-war Europe, the Nazi move toward the “Final Solutionâ€? and life after the Holocaust. The exhibit includes a very rare and poignant collection of children’s shoes recovered from the Majdanek concentration camp near Lublin, Poland. The Museum’s newest exhibit, an authentic World War II rail car of the type used to carry millions of people to their deaths, opened for public viewing March 5, 2006.

“Survivors’ Journeys”
March 5, 2006 through Sept. 17, 2006
Mincberg Gallery
The successes of survivors who moved to Houston shortly after liberation are illustrated through artifacts and photographs on loan from the survivors and their families. “Survivors’ Journeysâ€? includes family photographs and artifacts chronicling the lives of several Houston survivors, including Edith and Josef Mincberg; Bill Orlin; Al Marks; Leon Cooper; Wolf Finkelman; Glenn Bermann; Bill Morgan; Inge-Ruth Fletcher; Jacob and Rose Eisenstein; Stefi Altman; Ruth Brown; Morris and Linda Penn; Louise and Rubin Joskowitz; Sigmund, Sol, and Max Jucker; Walter Kase; Ruth Steinfeld; Lea Weems; Helen Colin; Charles Kurt and many others. These individuals survived tragic experiences early in their lives — losing loved ones, being forced to hide their identities, suffering through concentration camps and death camps, and then waiting in displaced persons camps for the chance at a new life. Yet, those who survived and came to America to begin anew came with a desire to put the past behind them and make up for the lost years of their lives. Their stories are an inspirational part of the Museum’s 10th anniversary celebration.

“In a Confined Silence”
April 21, 2006 through Sept. 3, 2006
Central Gallery
Both a survivor and a partisan, Miriam Brysk was inspired to create mixed-media photo collages following a recent tour of ghettos and concentration camps in Eastern Europe. She incorporated family photos, pictures taken during her travels and archival images into this showing of her mixed-media works. Soft focus and minimal details capture her feelings of contemplation.

“The Friedrich Kellner Diaries”
May 18, 2006 through Aug. 13, 2006
Garden Gallery
Friedrich Kellner served in the German army and was wounded in World War I. During the 1930s, he was an activist in the Social Democratic Party and a vocal opponent of the rising Nazi power. When the Nazis took power, they banned Kellner’s Social Democrats, and the family moved from Mainz to the small town of Laubach. As chief justice inspector at the Laubach courthouse, Kellner had first-hand knowledge of how the Nazis were distorting the laws of Germany. After speaking out for years, Kellner knew that if he continued he would be threatened with internment in a concentration camp, so he took his protest underground. He began a diary he called “My Resistance.â€? Over the course of World War II, Kellner wrote 10 notebooks and kept them in a secret chamber in the back of his dining room cabinet. Shortly before his death in 1968, Kellner gave his notebooks to his American grandson, Scott Kellner, with the hope that his eyewitness account would give coming generations “a weapon against any resurgence of such evil.”

“Smallest Witnesses”
May 30, 2006 through June 28, 2006
Laurie & Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library
One of the world’s gravest human rights and humanitarian crises is unfolding in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. Under the pretext of suppressing an internal rebellion, Sudanese soldiers and government-backed militias known as “Janjaweedâ€? have committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and “ethnic cleansingâ€? against civilians. According to U.N. estimates, as many as 200,000 people may have died already. On a recent mission to refugee camps along Darfur’s border with Chad, Human Rights Watch researchers Dr. Annie Sparrow and Olivier Bercault gave children pens and crayons to draw while their families were being interviewed. Without guidance, the children began to draw scenes from their experiences: the attacks by the “Janjaweed,â€? the bombings by Sudanese government forces, shootings, rapes, the burning of entire villages, and their flight to Chad. “Smallest Witnessesâ€? presents drawings from young children from seven refugee camps and the border town of Tine who shared their work with the researchers, insisting that Sparrow and Bercault take their drawings with them in the hope that the rest of the world could see their story — the indelible effect of a man-made crisis on its youngest victims.

“Antisemitism: Exodus to the Holocaust”
July 13, 2006 through Sept. 10, 2006
Laurie & Milton R. Boniuk Resource Center and Library
Twenty years ago, Burton D. Reckles discovered the old nautical art of building ships in bottles. His scratch-built miniatures are a world apart from the traditional kit models sold in stores, requiring many hours of research aimed at creating a meticulous art piece. In “Anti-Semitism: Exodus to the Holocaust,â€? Reckles uses his craft to make both political and educational statements, depicting acts of antisemitism dating from biblical times to our own. Using his truly unique medium, each of Reckles’ creations tells its own story of historical and personal antisemitic experiences. Reckles will speak at a free public reception at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 13, at the Museum.

“Through the Eyes of Children: The Rwanda Project”
Sept. 15, 2006 through Feb. 18, 2007
Central Gallery
“Through the Eyes of Childrenâ€? is an exhibition of children’s photography from orphans of the Rwandan Genocide. A country roughly the size of Massachusetts and located in central Africa, Rwanda was the site of one of the most horrible events in history. As a result of ethnic clashes between the Hutu and Tutsi populations, the 1994 genocide left nearly 1 million people dead in approximately 100 days and caused the flight of 2 million internally displaced persons and 2 million refugees. The Rwanda Project began in 2000, conceived by photographer David Jiranek as a four-week photographic workshop inspired by and centered on the importance of the children’s perspective and experience. Children ranging in age from eight to 18 were given disposable cameras to photograph themselves and their community. The exhibit is the result of continuing photographic workshops for children who live at the Imbabazi Orphanage in Gisenyi, Rwanda. The public is invited to a free pre-opening reception at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006.

“Book of Fire”
Oct. 6, 2006 through March 4, 2007
Mincberg Gallery
Using printmaking, painting and mixed media, American-born college professor Murray Zimiles captures the emotional experience of the Holocaust and violent destruction of Eastern European Jewry during the period. The “Book of Fireâ€? is a 25-page, large-format book installed accordion-style. Zimiles will speak at a free public reception at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, at the Museum.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Summer Institute for Educators
July 17-21, 2006
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Classroom
Holocaust Museum Houston’s Summer Institute for Educators is a five-day program for secondary teachers that explores various dimensions of the Holocaust beyond general history. Applications for participation must be received by June 30, 2006. Registration is $100, which covers lunch and materials for five days. For applications, contact Christina Vasquez at 713-942-8000, ext. 105 or e-mail cvasquez@hmh.org.

“The German State Railway System during the Holocaust: Different Phases of Deportations”
July 18, 2006, 7 p.m.
Herzstein Theater
The German railway system played a crucial role in carrying out the “Final Solution.â€? In this public lecture, Alfred Gottwaldt, senior curator for railways at the German Museum of Technology and Transportation in Berlin, will discuss the deportations to the East from 1941 to 1945. The coordination of the transports was a tremendous logistical operation that required complicated bureaucracy. More than 3 million innocent victims from across Europe were transported to their deaths by the railway system.

“The Role of Jewish Partisans and the Resistance During the Holocaust”
Thursday, July 20, 2006, 7 p.m.
Herzstein Theater
During World War II, between 20,000 and 30,000 Jews escaped from ghettos and camps to form or join organized resistance groups fighting the Nazis. Dr. Michael Berenbaum will discuss how these Jewish partisans, using guerrilla tactics, were responsible for blowing up thousands of armored convoys and thwarting the Nazi war machine in countless ways. Berenbaum is an adjunct professor of theology at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and served as the Ida E. King Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at Richard Stockton College for 1999-2000 and the Strassler Family Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust Studies at Clark University in 2000.

2006 Docent Training Classes
Aug. 8, 2006
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Classroom
During the school year, almost 30,000 students in middle school, high school or college will tour Holocaust Museum Houston and almost 60,000 adults from around the world will visit. In preparation for this fall’s busy tour schedule, Holocaust Museum Houston is now accepting applications for tour guides, commonly called docents, to help with those tasks. One class begins Aug. 15, and meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. A second class begins Aug. 22 and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The deadline to apply for training as a docent is Aug. 8, 2006.

“A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide”
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, 7 p.m.
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, 6100 Main St.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, lawyer and human rights activist Samantha Power will discuss her book, “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,â€? which covers the history of America’s reactions to the genocides of the 20th century. Her talk will include a discussion of the Armenian and Jewish genocides, as well as six of the post World War II genocides: Cambodia, Iraq, Bosnia, Rwanda, Srebrenica and Kosovo. Power is the founder and former executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.

“The Kaiser of Atlantis”
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd.
Join us for this critically acclaimed work by Viktor Ullmann as performed by the Houston Grand Opera in association with the Museum, The Jewish Community Center of Houston and Congregation Beth Israel. Ullmann was the official music director at the Terezin Ghetto. “Der Kaiser von Atlantis,â€? or “The Kaiser of Atlantis,â€? was being prepared for performance in September 1944 when a Nazi SS delegation visited the camp and found satiric allusions to Adolph Hitler and anti-Nazi sentiments within the piece. The performance was shut down, and Ullmann and others were sent to the Auschwitz death camp, where they perished. Ticket prices begin at $36. For information or reservations, visit www.jcchouston.org.

Guardian of the Human Spirit Luncheon
Nov. 9, 2006, Registration 11:30 a.m., Lunch Noon
InterContinental Houston hotel, 2222 West Loop South
Join us for this annual luncheon honoring dedicated Houstonians who have worked to enhance the lives of others. This year’s honorees include Martin Fein and Sandra Weiner. For more information, call Linda Toyota at 713-942-8000, ext. 1121 or e-mail spiritlunch@hmh.org.

“Is There a New Antisemitism?”
Jan. 17, 2007, 7 p.m.
Becker Hall, Emery/Weiner School, 9825 Stella Link Road
The irrational hatred against Israel by the extreme left and extreme right factions, which seems to increase as Israel makes concessions for peace, cannot be understood without acknowledging that Israel is the Jewish state and is being treated by extremists as the Jew among nations. In this free public lecture, noted attorney Alan M. Dershowitz – one of the nation’s best-known defenders of individual rights – will discuss this newest manifestation of the oldest of bigotries.

Citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration
April 16, 2007, 7 p.m.
Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd.
Holocaust Museum Houston hosts the annual citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration as a time to remember those who perished in the Holocaust and to honor those who survived.