Portraits of Holocaust survivors on display at MJHNYC
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Portraits of Holocaust survivors on display at MJHNYC

Martin Schoeller photographs a survivor at Yad Vashem.
Martin Schoeller photographs a survivor at Yad Vashem.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust presents the first major United States museum exhibition of “Martin Schoeller’s Survivors: Faces of Life after the Holocaust.” The exhibition, featuring 75 close-up portraits of Holocaust survivors, opens on Sunday, September 18.

The portraits will be on display in the museum’s rotunda on the third floor, in the newly named Rita Lowenstein Gallery. Ms. Lowenstein survived the Holocaust as a hidden child, living under a false identity.

Each portrait is paired with a biography, and the stories come together to create a collective history. The exhibition also features behind-the-scenes video footage documenting the photography shoots at Yad Vashem, where the project originated in 2019.

The German-born Mr. Schoeller is one of the world’s most prominent contemporary portrait photographers. He created the series to combat the rising hate and antisemitism across the globe and drew inspiration from the Holocaust education he received in his youth. Learn more at mjhnyc.org/facesoflife.

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