Date(s) - 04/19/2015
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Knox-St. Paul's United Church
Art Amidst Horrific Cruelty
This year’s Holocaust Remembrance event, organized by the Cornwall Interfaith Partnership, consists of a screening of Hilary Helstein’s award-winning documentary As Seen Through These Eyes which depicts the various roles played by art (especially the visual arts and music) amidst the oppressive circumstances of the camps, prisons and ghettoes in Nazi-dominated Europe.
The particular focus of the film is on Theresienstadt (Terezin in what is now the Czech Republic), where children produced art and performed a musical; the Vilna Ghetto in Lithuania where art continued to flourish; Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria where famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal was saved from death by his ability to draw; Auschwitz in Poland where gypsy artist Karl Stojka, Josef Mengele’s personal valet, created many paintings showing the horrors; and Dyhernfurth also in Poland where Henry Rosmarin survived thanks to his harmonica playing.
Every year since 2011 the Cornwall Interfaith Partnership has commemorated the Holocaust with a participatory educational event designed to raise awareness and arouse moral conscience in an age when genocide and similar atrocities are continuing in several parts of the world.