On January 22, 2014, the JCRC partnered with Bethel University and KFAI to present a reception for Transfer of Memory, a photo exhibition illustrating Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, in their homes, in full color. The exhibition has already travelled to several locations in the Twin Cities as well as St. Cloud, Elk River, and Grand Forks, ND.
Each Holocaust Survivor in Transfer of Memory shares a story of survival during exceedingly difficult circumstances yet as a collection, these images focus on life and hope. From Europe to Minnesota, it was here they fashioned their dreams, their futures, and their families – their lives are a constant reminder of the value of freedom and the enduring human spirit. Photographer David Sherman and writer Lili Chester, in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), created this photography exhibit.
The reception at Bethel University was a great success drawing over 200 students, teachers, and community members to the Benson Great Hall. It featured Dora Eiger Zaidenweber, a participant in the photography exhibit. Dora presented her newly published family memoir Sky Tinged Red, which chronicles the 2 ˝ years her father, Isaia Eiger, spent in Auschwitz. The book is actually Dora’s painstaking translation of her father’s manuscript written in his hand in pencil (some of which was missing for decades) – from Yiddish into English.
Dora Eiger Zaidenweber was born in Radom, Poland in 1924. She survived the Radom forced labor camp and Birkenau and was liberated from Bergen-Belsen. Dora has spoken frequently about her experiences in the Holocaust. Her testimony is part of the Shoah Foundation Institute, Yad Vashem, and her story appears in the book Witnesses to the Holocaust. Dora has made it her mission - “her obligation” - to tell her story. She feels that it is her duty to remember and honor those who have no one to remember them.
The photo exhibition will be on display at Bethel University through February 13, 2014.
Thank you to Bethel University and KFAI for contributing to the success of the opening reception. A special thanks are owed to Andy Johnson, Provost Deb Harless, Rosanne Zaidenweber, Nancy Sartor, and Avis Soderstrom.