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Virtual Program - Inside the Acid Free Box

  • 1.  Virtual Program - Inside the Acid Free Box

    Posted 11-29-2021 02:02 PM
    Hi All,

    I wanted to share a link for an upcoming virtual program - Inside the Acid Free Box: Helga Blumenfeld's Hidden Artifacts

    The program takes visitors into Holocaust Museum LA's locked archives, to explore some of the artifacts and incredible stories from the museum's collection. This month we are highlighting the Helga Blumenfeld Collection, a Holocaust survivor who was deported to the Gabersdorf labor camp as a teenager and forced to work in a factory making thread for Nazi uniforms (see description of the program below). The program takes place tomorrow (Tuesday 30th November) at 4pm PST, and for any colleagues who are interested, you can register at the following link, and use the discount code: HELGA at checkout, to make registration for the program free!

    Hope to see you there to share this incredible collection!

    Inside the (Acid-Free) Box: Helga Blumenfeld's Hidden Artifacts

    Of the rich collection of primary-source artifacts that survived the Holocaust, those created and held by Jews in concentration camps are among the most precious. Helga Blumenfeld was born in Berlin in 1925 to Hugo and Lisbeth. Following Kristallnacht, the Nazis separated Helga from her parents and deported her alone to the Gabersdorf Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. Helga secretly carried with her some personal family objects, including her mother's prayer book and a photo of her parents, which she hid in the ceiling of her barrack. While in the camp, she and the friends she made in the camp created extraordinary items such as a clandestine Passover Haggadah and a belt that Helga wore beneath her camp uniform documenting her experiences. Soviet troops liberated Gabersdorf in May 1945, and Helga soon discovered that the friends she had made in the camp were the only family she had left. Her precious smuggled objects were all that remained of her parents. Join Holocaust Museum LA's Vice President of Education & Exhibits, Jordanna Gessler, and Collections Manager, Christie Jovanovic, as they explore the incredible story of survival behind these unique artifacts.

    Christie Jovanovic
    Collection Manager
    Holocaust Museum LA
    Los Angeles CA
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