Lisa Feder <lfeder@...>
List members may be interested in the following exhibit at the National
Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It may be
possible to bring the exhibit to other cities, for more information,
contact the curator, Edie Blanchard. The museum is also currently
exhibiting a selection of my photographs "Silent Stones: Jewish Cemeteries
in Bohemia and Moravia".
Chicago Area, Illinois
The Tragedy of Slovak Jews
Powerful Holocaust Exhibition Comes to National Czech & Slovak Museum
Previously Seen at the Auschwitz – Birkenau State Museum in Auschwitz, Poland.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, in
collaboration with the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising in Banska
Bystrica, Slovakia, will open the exhibition, The Tragedy of Slovak Jews,
on Friday, November 4, 2005. This powerful exhibit addresses the tragic
demise of the Jewish communities in Slovakia, a little known story of the
Holocaust. This marks the first time an exhibition will address this topic
in the United States.
Jews were an important part of Slovak culture in 1939 when Hitler’s army
entered and occupied all of Czechoslovakia. The country became a divided
nation - The Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (controlled solely by
the Nazis) and Slovakia (an "independent" Nazi-afiliated state). Over
the next six years, Slovakia deported nearly 60,000 Slovak Jews to
concentration camps, where most of them were murdered as part of Hitler’s
"Final Solution." In total, 80 percent of Slovak Jews were lost during
The Tragedy of Slovak Jews is the first exhibition in the U.S. to focus
entirely on the fate of Slovak Jews during World War II. The exhibition
focuses on the key milestones of the Slovak story including the acceptance
in 1941 of the Jewish Codex, a series of laws and regulations that stripped
Slovakia's Jews of their civil rights and means of economic survival. The
exhibit chronicles the first wave of deportations (March-October 1942),
the origin and activity of working and prison camps, the second wave of
deportations in 1944, the resistance movement, participation in the Slovak
National Uprising, and the reprisals of the Nazis in 1944 – 1945.
The Tragedy of Slovak Jews has been on display since 2002 at the
Auschwitz – Birkenau State Museum in Auschwitz, Poland. The National Czech
& Slovak Museum & Library is partnering with the Museum of the Slovak
National Uprising in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, which originally researched
and prepared it. The exhibition closes Feb. 26, 2006.
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is the leading United States
institution collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and interpreting Czech and
Slovak history and culture. The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
is located at 30 16th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA. Gallery hours are Tuesday
through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. For
additional information, please call (319) 362-8500 or visit the museum’s
web site, www.NCSML.org.