Susan Silas has created a photographic exhibit of the last steps of 580 female Jewish prisoners.
The Nazis were evacuating the Helmbrecht’s camp, a site that has not received much attention, when they began marching the women through a forest between Germany and Czechoslovakia on April 13, 1945. Photos of the 225-mile walk through forests, including news clips, are on view at the Hebrew Union college Museum through June 30. “The elegiac atmosphere evoked by Silas’s photographs hints at the hidden, tragic history of nearly 65 years ago lying beneath the benign wooded landscape,” says Jean Bloch Rosensaft, HUC-JIR Museum Director. “By retracing this Holocaust journey, Silas activates her personal mission of being a witness to the witnesses of the Holocaust, and serves as a vital link in the chain of transmission of Holocaust memory.”