February 2, 2004
SILENT WITNESSES: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM PROGRAM COMING TO SAN FRANCISCO
National Tour Sponsored by Northern Trust
WASHINGTON, D.C. — February 2, 2004 – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has partnered with The Northern Trust Company to present “Silent Witnesses: A Behind the Scenes Look at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum” at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco on Tuesday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m.
The invitation-only program, moderated by Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield, will feature stories that show how ordinary objects in the Museum's collection bring the lessons of the Holocaust to life, and how curators work with survivors and their personal artifacts to piece together individual histories. Lola Kaufman, who, as a small child in Nazi Europe, hid in a hole underground for almost two years, will tell her story and show the dress she wore in hiding, now part of the Museum's collection.
“For 10 years, the Holocaust Museum has symbolized education and remembrance, as well as a deep reflection of what can be learned from history and taught to prevent a repeat of such a dark period in our world’s history,” said John Iwanicki, President of Northern Trust San Francisco region. “We are proud to partner with such a respected American institution, and look forward to bringing a significant piece of this national museum to the Bay area.”
“A simple object can teach us a lot about history, and we are grateful to Northern Trust for allowing the Museum to show communities across the country how our nation's memorial to the Holocaust is acquiring these precious artifacts and preserving them so future generations can learn from this history,” said Ms. Bloomfield. “With antisemitism on the rise, the lessons of the Holocaust – about the nature of evil, the dangers of silence and power to make a difference – are both timely and urgent.”
Accompanying the presentation is a display of more than 50 compelling photographs showcasing how the Museum has reached more than 20 million people, including 6 million schoolchildren, since its opening in April 1993. The display highlights Museum programs impacting those in the fields of law enforcement, education, religion, and the military, both in Washington, DC, and in communities throughout the country.
The “Silent Witnesses” tour has previously visited Cleveland and Seattle. Featured at museums, schools and select Northern Trust locations, the tour will visit six other cities: Los Angeles; Detroit; Houston; Miami; Boca Raton, FL; Chicago; and Las Vegas.
Since opening to the public in April 1993, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has welcomed more than 20 million visitors, including six million schoolchildren. A public-private partnership, the Museum is a federal institution whose varied educational activities and outreach are made possible through private donations. More information can be found at www.ushmm.org.
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