WORCESTER, MA— Beginning Thursday, March 15, Clark’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will host “Neighbors Who Disappeared,” an educational exhibit from the Jewish Museum in Prague that depicts Jews who disappeared from Czech towns during World War II.

“Neighbors Who Disappeared” was created by Czech children, ages 12 to 21, who strove to return history and identity to some of the millions of Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. The young artists’ mixed-media panels reflect the history of the Nazi Holocaust as it affected their own cities and towns. Their collages combine text, drawings, paintings, contemporary and historical photographs, and facsimiles of historical documents. Some panels are powerful journalistic documentaries, others are highly stylized artistic expressions. All help to return human dignity to those who were dehumanized so cruelly.

The Clark exhibit consists of nineteen 80 x 30 inch panels, each one representing the results of the children’s research on a specific town or city. It also includes panels from the first phase of the project, “A Tribute to the Child Victims of the Holocaust,” which chronicles the lives of Jewish children, especially those who attended the same schools as the young people who created the panels.

Former Czech President, Václav Havel, said, “Hopefully, education and knowledge of history linked together with pure compassion and humanity will let us recognize the origins of old-new dangers and tie down the demons of hatred and evil before they grow to overcome us again.”

Marta Vanèurová, initiator and principal coordinator of the Neighbors Who Disappeared project, also founded The Forgotten Ones, a non-governmental organization in Prague.

The exhibit will be on display in the Cohen-Lasry House, 11 Hawthorne Street, from March 15 through May 31. It is available for viewing Mon.-Friday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sundays (Noon to 4 p.m.). An opening reception will be held on Sunday, April 1, from 2:30- 4:30 p.m. Mr. Michael Kraus, a survivor of the Holocaust, will offer a few remarks at the opening reception.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 508-793-8897.
The Neighbors Who Disappeared project was conceived by the Jewish Museum in Prague and The Forgotten Ones Civic Association. The exhibit was made possible through the generosity of the Vilcek Foundation and the Czech Centrum New York.