March 17-April 30, Lovett Galleria
Hotel owner Heinrich Jöst was a sergeant in the German army, stationed near Warsaw, who became curious about the corpses he had seen lying along the ghetto walls. So on his birthday, he made use of his free time and went into the ghetto with his camera. He had no idea what was awaiting him there. The amateur photographer shot several rolls of film in September 1941 and kept them for decades without showing them to anyone.
In 1982, he gave the photographs to Stern magazine reporter Gunther Schwarberg. The Jerusalem Documentation Center Yad Vashem pronounced them a ''unique find,'' and they certainly are—Jöst's pictures belong to the scant number of existing photographs of the Warsaw ghetto, and are critically important documentation of its history. We are pleased to be able to display them at Lovett.
In association with this exhibition, please join us for An Evening with Catherine Lewis and Holocaust Survivor Norbert Friedman, on Thursday, April 24, starting at 5:30 pm in the Woodward Theater.
- 5:30 pm - Tours of In the Ghetto of Warsaw: Heinrich Jöst's Photographs in the Lovett Galleria; refreshments will be served
- 5:45 pm - The program will open with a performance of Gideon Klein's String Trio. Klein is one of the many Jewish musicians, artists, and citizens forced by the Nazi's into the Terezin concentration camp. Klein, like so many others, known and unknown, created works in the face of the inhumane injustice that marked the rule of the Third Reich. Fortunately, works of art have survived and live on as a rebuke to the world that allowed so many lives to be lost in the Holocaust. The Klein String Trio will be performed by an ensemble made up of violinist Pete Ciaschini (Lovett's Orchestra Director), William Johnston, and Charae Kruger. The musicians, all principal players of the Atlanta Opera orchestra, performed this trio at the initial performance of the Molly Blank Jewish Concert Series. That concert was a special program commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The trio looks forward to repeating their performance of this engaging and dynamic piece and sharing it with a wider audience.
- 6:00 pm - Catherine Lewis, director of the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State, will discuss Warsaw life prior to the Holocaust and the stark contrast in the photographs of Heinrich Jöst's images from September of 1941.
- 6:25 pm - Holocaust survivor Norbert Friedman will share stories of his survival during the Holocaust.
- 6:50 pm - Audience Q&A