Exhibit Opening & Program: Selected Images from Project 180 Witnesses For Life
|Venue:||Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU|
Presentation is in conjunction with the opening of Selected Images from Project 180: Witnesses for Life by Argentine-born and second-generation Holocaust survivor Silvio D. Frydman and coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Leo Martin March of the Living.
Special Guest Speaker Phyllis Greenberg Heideman, President International March of the Living
Opening Event is Free For Information call 786-972-3175
About the Exhibit
A selection of 22 images from Project 180: Witnesses for Life, will be on display Sunday, March 26 through Sunday, April 8, 2018. The project coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Leo Martin March of the Living. Founded in 1988 through the leadership of Gene Greenzweig, former Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, the March of the Living is an annual program that takes high school students to Poland and Israel.
In Poland, the climax of the trip is a march from Auschwitz to Birkenau with thousands of international participants, symbolic of the death marches prisoners were forced to endure at the close of World War II. In addition, participants visit former Jewish communal places and synagogues as well as other locations of atrocities that took place during the Holocaust. From there, many participants fly to Israel to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) by marching to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and experiencing many other sites.
Preparation for the March of the Living begins with a six-month study program, followed by the two week trip. Holocaust survivors accompany the teens throughout the program, relating their personal stories and serving as witnesses to the events of history.
These photographs are selections from the many pictures taken by Argentine-born and second-generation Holocaust survivor Sylvio Frydman. A technical and scientific photographer, Frydman documented the sites and emotions of the Miami-Dade County teens he accompanied as a volunteer during the 2017 program.
To date, more than 300,000 participants from around the world have participated in the March of the Living program.