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St. George's International School in partnership with the Gamaraal Foundation -The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors - 3D virtual exhibition by St George's International School Switzerland

St. George's International School in partnership with the Gamaraal Foundation -The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors

Mon, 01/18/2021 to Wed, 03/31/2021

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AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE LAST HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN SWITZERLAND

We find ourselves at a defining moment concerning the transmission of Holocaust, since there are only a few witnesses of this terrible genocide remaining among us. The portraits and stories of Holocaust survivors stand at the center of the exhibition The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors; they give a personal dimension to Holocaust history and preserve it for future generations. Those portrayed here come from various European countries and today live in the German-, the French- or the Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland. They represent all of the people that have survived the Holocaust and found a new homeland in Switzerland.

The poignant portraits show the faces of people, whose human dignity was once denied. These are faces that are marked by life stories. We learn glimpses of these life stories in the moving films. These are stories of survival, as well as stories of life after the Holocaust. Those portrayed here tell us how they were stripped of their rights and humiliated, how they survived the Holocaust and how they have continued to live afterwards. They also tell us how trauma and deep sorrow still inhabit Holocaust survivors at an advanced age.

FOR THE YOUTH AND FUTURE GENERATIONS

The exhibition The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors demonstrates through biographies and portraits what can result from anti-Semitism, which is newly ascendant in several countries. Holocaust memory should thus be a warning that racism and anti-Semitism can have significant consequences. It is the responsibility of our generation to carry on the call for «never again.» The exhibition targets above all the young generation and should raise awareness about the value and importance of tolerance.

I would like to wholeheartedly thank all those who were portrayed: thank you for the strength to tell your life stories, and to share with us your experiences and memories, which can sometimes barely be expressed with words.

For more information please visit https://www.last-swiss-holocaust-survivors.ch/en

Copyrighted images from the Gamaraal Foundation

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