When artist and former iconic coat designer Ilie Wacs began work with his sister, Deborah Strobin on their memoir An Uncommon Journey, he rediscovered a suitcase stuffed with the family’s identity papers. The contents inspired Wacs to create “A Gathering Storm: The Vienna Papers, 1938″, a unique 15-piece collection of artwork which derives its imagery from stamps, seals, passports, and other documentation required for Jews that began with Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). Wachs and Strobin will be on hand to discuss their experiences and introduce the exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance.
To mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Marion Kaplan, author of Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany, discusses how the violence of November 9-10, 1938 marked a lethal turning point in the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews.
Refuge gives a voice to the last remaining generation of survivors of Nazi persecution, retracing the lives of current residents of Chicago’s Selfhelp home for refugees. Professor Sam Kassow (Trinity College) will lend historical context to their stories of courage and resilience.
Jonathan Kirsch and his son Adam discuss the new book The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan and reexamine the historical details and moral dimensions of one of World War II’s most enigmatic cases.