November 10, 2008
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM TO PROJECT PORTRAITS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS ONTO MUSEUM’S HALL OF REMEMBRANCE
Presentation Follows 70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is participating in FotoWeek DC’s inaugural “Night Gallery DC,” a citywide event featuring projections of photographs on the exteriors of museums and other buildings. On the evenings of November 14, 15 and 16, the Museum is projecting portraits of 63 Holocaust survivors—35 of whom are Museum volunteers—onto the walls of its Hall of Remembrance (Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW, formerly 15th St.). The program occurs less than a week after the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), the Nazi-sponsored pogroms on the night of November 9–10, 1938.
“Kristallnacht marked an intensification of violence that would eventually culminate in the attempt to eliminate the Jews of Europe,” said Museum Director Sara Bloomfield. “Now, 70 years later, we memorialize the victims by superimposing images of survivors on the Museum to remind us of their singular determination not to let the world forget nor repeat what happened to them.”
The images will be projected onto the Museum from dusk to 10 p.m. More information will be available at www.ushmm.org. A full schedule of events can be found at www.fotoweekdc.org. Other participants include the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Newseum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Photography Initiative, which will project images onto FotoWeek Central on M St. in Georgetown.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders to confront hatred, promote human dignity and prevent genocide. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by the generosity of donors nationwide through legacy and annual giving. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.