Sen. Jack Latvala and Rep. Ed Hooper to help launch new Holocaust museum exhibit

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A multi-media exhibit now open at the Florida Holocaust Museum formally kicks off today at 4 p.m. State Senator Jack Latvala and former Representative Ed Hooper will both be at an opening ceremony. The two helped secure funding in the legislature for the project.

The exhibit outlines the story of a survivor’s brother who was lost during the Holocaust. It features both photographs and videos side-by-side. The setup is meant to give viewers different perspectives in a close enough proximity to shift back and forth between the two. Nine portraits next to the videos show paintings of the brother with the survivor’s daughters. Larger portraits line the walls weaving an emotional journey of both loss and transformation.

“The Memory Project provides an approach to dealing with the enormity of the loss of human life during the Holocaust and forces us to remember that among the one million children who died were individuals like [this boy],” said Erin Blankenship, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum.

The project began with a collaboration between artist Roz Jacobs and her mother Anna who survived the Holocaust. The story revolves around the loss of her younger brother, Kalman. The Memory Project is now internationally recognized and features traveling museum exhibits, educational programs and documentary films.

Roz Jacobs is a New York City painter whose work is exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. She won an award for a similar film project called Finding Kalman. Jacobs has also co-authored a book with her mother entitled Finding Kalman: A Boy in Six Million. Jacobs began The Memory Project as a way to connect to the humanity and life force of family members and others murdered during the Holocaust.

The Florida Holocaust Museum exhibit will run through December 28.





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