Thursday, August 02, 2001

The tears of locals recorded

HUC putting together exhibit

By Emily Biuso
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] Holocaust survivors Henry Blumenstein (left, front), Edith Carter, Roma Kaltman and Henry Carter gather at Hebrew Union College with interns Josh Brown (from left), Kristin Schade, Sally Kurtz and Adam Schiff.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        For Henry Blumenstein, 65, telling his story of surviving the Holocaust is a way to teach a younger generation the lessons of the past.

        For Josh Brown, a 21-year-old Miami University senior, hearing Mr. Blumenstein's story gives him a new understanding of history and a different perspective on life.

        “After hearing stories of individuals and not just knowing the numbers, it's much easier to do things in every-day life,” said Mr. Brown of Atlanta.

        “You learn not to sweat the small stuff. I complain about being stressed out. Here he is, he fought for his life.”

        The two became acquainted this summer during the development of a new interactive exhibit, “Mapping Our Tears,” which is expected to open in January and will commemorate the experiences of Tristate Holocaust survivors and liberators.

        Mr. Brown is a summer intern at Hebrew Union College's Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, the organization putting together the exhibit. Mr. Blumenstein's experiences are a component. The stories will revolve around three themes: loss, courage and love.

[photo] An artist's conception of the “Mapping Our Tears” exhibit being developed at Hebrew Union College.
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        “The most effective way to develop a legacy is for people like me to talk,” said Mr. Blumenstein of Mount Washington. “I learn something new every time I talk about it.”

        The permanent exhibit will eventually tell the stories of about 50 Tristate residents who experienced the Holocaust, said Racelle Weiman, director of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education.

        “Mapping Our Tears” is different from national projects because it chronicals the stories of “people who live among us,” Dr. Weiman said.

        Six interns from colleges around the country have worked this summer talking to survivors, liberators and rescuers. They viewed videotapes of their testimonies and collected artifacts and photos.

        Interns will also train high school students to be docents for the exhibit.

       Anyone who is a survivor, rescuer or liberator of the Holocaust and has stories, artifacts or photos to share is asked to contact Dr. Weiman at the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, 513-221-1875, ext. 355.


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