Images, poems and interviews that span 25 years of journeys to Poland by 200,000 young people are featured at the March of the Living exhibition, When You Listen to a Witness, You Become a Witness, now on display through March 1, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters.
More than 140 people attended the opening ceremony on January 28, which was held in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. Guests included March of the Living student alumni, survivors, liberators, dignitaries and representatives of Queensborough Community College.
Welcome remarks were offered by Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information and Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, Chairman, March of the Living International.
“We are excited and humbled to have participated in the design and creation of an exhibit that commemorates International Holocaust Memorial Day at the U.N.,” said Dr. Arthur Flug, Executive Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives (KHRCA). Through the years the KHRCA and March of the Living have collaborated on several projects, including Their Brother’s Keepers: American Liberators of the Nazi Death Camps. The exhibit, on display at the KHRCA through February, features a collection of panels depicting the liberation of concentration camps across Europe.
Joining Dr. Flug were Marisa L. Berman, Assistant Director of the KHRCA; Hanne Liebermann, survivor and volunteer, KHRCA; and Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg, Scholar-in-Residence, KHRCA. Also present was Mark Kupferberg, whose mother, Harriet Kupferberg, (1925-2008) made a historic gift to Queensborough’s Holocaust Center in 2007, bestowing the Kupferberg name on the Holocaust Center to ensure the Center’s programs will operate in perpetuity to educate current and future generations about the evils of prejudice, racism and stereotyping.
Mr. Kupferberg is Chair of the QCC Fund Board, Inc.
“The Holocaust is not just a Jewish issue but a Universal issue,” said Dr. David Machlis, Vice Chair, March of the Living; Chief Consultant and Associate Creator for the exhibit. “We must learn from the past so that a more tolerant and just society will evolve for all humankind.”
View more photos of the exhibit opening here