Spring Exhibit 2011

Multiply by Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors

The Context: Library Series is proud to present our Spring 2011 exhibit, Multiply by Six Million:
Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors

Multiply by Six Million is a visually arresting and powerful first-person history of one of the defining events of the 20th century through photographic portraits and personal stories of Holocaust survivors. The exhibition showcases contemporary photographer Evvy Eisen’s 15-year-long project to create portraits of survivors living in California and to collect their personal histories. 

By featuring individual survivor portraits and stories, Multiply by Six Million offers viewers a personal perspective on the Holocaust.  Survivors tell their stories in hopes that the seeds of today’s intolerance and bigotry are recognized in time to prevent tomorrow’s genocides. The exhibition describes the horrors that the survivors experienced in Europe during the Holocaust and how they then came to the United States to create meaningful lives and contribute to society in their adopted county. Survivor Frank Roubicek shares, “The horror years of the wartime taught me how to appreciate the basic values of life and to fully appreciate the good things it has to offer.”

Multiply by Six Million includes 38 stunning black and white photographs, a 24 minute DVD, several related books, and an album of additional survivor portraits. Narrative text allows visitors to understand historical events in Europe leading up to the Holocaust and contemplate current concerns about intolerance and genocide.

Critically lauded, the project works are included in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine in Paris, France. The Multiply by Six Million exhibition tour was organized by the California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA), with support from photographer Evvy Eisen (http://evvyeisen.com/holocaust-survivors/holocaust-survivors-photos/).

On display at the University Library, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), from February 18-April 18, 2011. Free and open to the public during all Library hours. For more information, directions, or to join our email list for upcoming exhibits: mchu@csusm.edu or 760.750.4378

Exhibit co-sponsored by CSUSM Arts & Lectures and Instructionally Related Activities.

Please join us for these special events on March 9, 2011.

Dr. Andrea Liss, Professor of Art History and Cultural Theory at CSUSM, and author of Trespassing Through Shadows: Memory, Photography and the Holocaust (Univ. of Minnesota Press) will give a walk-through tour of the exhibition on March 9th from 1-2pm, University Library 3rd floor gallery.

In One Survivor Remembers, Gerda Weissmann Klein, author, Academy Award Winner, Holocaust Survivor and Human Rights Activist, will share her story on March 9th at 6 pm in ARTS 240. For over six decades, Gerda Weissmann Klein has captivated audiences worldwide with her powerful message of hope, inspiration, love and humanity. From surviving the Holocaust to her journey to the United States, and accepting an Oscar and Emmy for a documentary based on her life, she shares her life story of her commitment to promote tolerance, encourage community service and combat hunger. President Obama named Gerda Weissmann Klein as one of the recipients of the 2010 Medal of Freedom-the nation's highest civilian honor. Co-sponsored by the Leichtag Foundation.