Bibliothek der geretteten Erinnerungen / The Library of rescued memories
Centropa presented a look at the lives of Jewish families.
This exhibition was dedicated to traces of Jewish life in times gone by. It was based on numerous interviews that CENTROPA staff members conducted with people from 15 countries in Central & Eastern Europe. During the process of preparing the interview material, more than 25,000 family photos were digitized. Some very impressive work was also done on film documents. The main focus of this research was not on the Holocaust, but rather on building a digital bridge back to a world that was subsequently wiped out. Thus, the photos show first and foremost situations in everyday life—among families, in schools, on vacation, during leisure hours, on the job and in the army.
Centropa breathes life into this archival material, turning it into traveling exhibits, illustrated publications, multimedia productions and educational offerings. The exhibition in Linz concentrated on images and stories from 12 European countries. Moreover, an extensive educational program was offered and many Linz schools took great advantage of it.
Both the vernissage and the closing of this exhibition were truly remarkable. The special importance of this subject was underscored by holding the opening on Austria's National Holiday with the President of the Austrian National Council in attendance. The finissage became a truly moving experience with the lighting of the candles on the first night of Chanukah by the president of the Jewish Community of Linz, George Wozasek.
WHAT // Exhibition
WHEN // October 27 – December 11, 2009
WHERE // Wissensturm
IDEA / CONCEPT / EXECUTION // Centropa, Edward Serotta