Never Again: The Murals of the Holocaust

Never Again: The Murals of the Holocaust

What does it mean to be HUMAN?

It is the question at the heart of an exhibit Central Kentucky Community Foundation is bringing to Elizabethtown.

NEVER AGAIN: THE MURALS OF THE HOLOCAUST will be on exhibit from February 25 to April 5 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s Morrison Gallery in the JSO Building. It is free and open to the public. The community program, A NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE AND UNDERSTANDING, featuring a Holocaust survivor sharing his story, is at 6 p.m. Monday, March 25, in room 112 of the JSO Building on campus.

Through CKCF’s MARVIN AND JOYCE BENJAMIN FUND, students and community members in our region will have a special opportunity to view the murals created by middle and high school students in response to studying the Holocaust.

The Benjamin Fund exists to foster kindness, understanding and inclusiveness amongst the diverse people that call our community home. The fund has an emphasis on anti-Semitism that makes this exhibit and community event especially relevant.

The murals were designed by students in Western Kentucky University’s VAMPY summer program. The exhibit raises awareness of the Holocaust by providing a memorable method of introducing young people and adults to the lessons of this difficult period in history.

This presentation of the Holocaust Mural Exhibit and educational components is also made possible by The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.

This past summer, local teachers at partner high schools were trained in strategies and models for teaching about the Holocaust and the murals. By bringing the murals to the area through the Benjamin Fund, it allows local students to view the murals at no cost to them or their schools. The murals are intended to help students internalize the lessons from the Holocaust and perhaps apply them to issues and injustices today.

“There’s all kinds of issues that studying the Holocaust presents, but when it comes down to it, we have to always come back to answer the question, “What does it mean to be human?” said Ron Skillern, who teaches the students who developed the murals. “That is a big question that we try to answer because we must see other human beings as human beings. If we don’t, we then we devalue them, we sub-humanize them and then it becomes OK to do bad things to them. That is what this exhibit is about.”

For more information, please call 270-737-8393 or email contact@ckcf4people.org.

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