The last quarter of 2011 has been a busy time for the DHM/CET. The Color of Memory: Art by Two Daughters of the Holocaust gallery exhibition which opened in September was in full swing through November. Planning for the 2011 Hope for Humanity award dinner paid off and by October programs were being produced, reservations were being taken, sponsors were secured and the last of the fine details were being nailed down. The result was a highly successful and entertaining event—not to mention a celebration of Holocaust survivors and the honoree recipient, Frank Risch—a record $677,000 was raised and more than 800 people attended. Visit the photo gallery from the evening.
In November, more than 130 people came together for the screening of Primo and, as promised by sponsor HBO, found it deeply profound. At the conclusion of the film, almost no one moved. The lights came on and ninety percent of the audience stayed in their seats continuing to reflect on what they’d heard.
In the theater that night were both young and seasoned people; some old friends of the DHM/CET and many more new friends. All of them seemed to feel the impact of Primo Levi’s year at Auschwitz. The film was gravitational-a force that pulled them into Primo’s life and they saw Auschwitz through his eyes - almost as though they were standing in his “wood-soled shoes”.
The DHM/CET facilitated a brief discussion after the film and once the audience found their words the discussion period became informative and enlightening. Docent Paul Lake was a member of the audience, “It was a very powerful film. I could feel what it’s like to be thirsty. I could see what it’s like to be cold and lonely and to feel like just a number. The actor was amazing. He was very, very thorough. It was a moving experience and helped me to understand the Holocaust even more.”
Look for more film screening opportunities in 2012.
Memorial Garden Honoring Victims is Dedicated
The Sunday before Thanksgiving, the DHM/CET Garden of Remembrance and Tolerance was dedicated to victims of the Holocaust. The beautiful little garden thrives on the Northwest corner of Houston and Pacific streets in the West End of downtown Dallas. As much as the Garden honors victims of the Holocaust it also celebrates the contributions of several young people in Dallas, most specifically Brandon A. Ryan who planned and constructed the Garden and brothers Austin and Bronsin Ablon who designed and created the poignant sculpture set in the center of the Garden. The landscape architectural was designed by the office of James Burnett, San Diego, CA.