Special guests and Durbanites alike attended the latest exhibition opening at the picturesque Durban Holocaust and Genocide Centre, recently.
The exhibition was proudly opened by renowned guest, Dr Alioune Deme, who praised the staff of the centre for always going beyond the call of duty to educate the public on the Holocaust and the devastating effect it had on victims and their families too.
‘Letters of Loss and Refuge’ highlights and focuses solely on one family’s story in the shadow of the Holocaust. According to project manager of the Durban Holocaust Centre, Maureen Caminsky the opening of the successful initiative was also held to commemorate United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day.
She further explained that the exhibition is based on the book, ‘From Things Lost’ by author, Shirli Gilbert. The exhibition is drawn from a collection of letters, written over a period of 40 years, by Rudolf Schwab, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, who found sanctuary in South Africa in 1936.
Schwab’s letters are recognised as one of the largest Holocaust-related letter collections ever discovered. The letters also provide an intimate portrait of Schwab, who is known as an individual, who found refuge but lost his past.
All guests enjoyed the informative opening and extended their thanks and heartfelt appreciation to the Durban Holocaust Centre for documenting the trials, tribulations and hardships faced during the Holocaust.
For more information regarding the Durban Holocaust Centre and their upcoming projects, call 031 368-6833 or email [email protected]