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Florida (U.S.), Mar 10 (Canadian-Media): Situated in St. Petersburg, Florida the Florida Holocaust Museum is one of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and is the result of Saint Petersburg businessman and philanthropist Walter P. Loebenberg’s remarkable journey and vision.
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After escaping from Nazi Germany in 1939 Loebenberg served in the United States Army during World War II. The concept of a living memorial to those who suffered and perished was conceived together with a group of local business people and community leaders, including internationally renowned Holocaust scholars. Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s List, joined the Board of Advisors and Elie Wiesel was named Honorary Chairman of this Holocaust Center.
Walter P. Loebenberg. Image credit: Twitter handle of FHM
Undeterred by constraints of size or location, the Tampa Bay Holocaust Memorial Museum and Educational Center evolved into the preeminent source of Holocaust information in the Southeastern United States and became one of the foremost Holocaust institutions in the country.
As a result of this growth, the Board of Directors approved the purchase of a 27,000 square foot building in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, to be renovated and occupied by 1998.
In January, 1999, the Museum officially changed its name to The Florida Holocaust Museum, to better suit the Museum's mission statement and reflected its statewide and national resource to create greater awareness and impact beyond the Tampa Bay area.
The Museum played a critical role in shaping legislation in 1994 in making Florida one of the first states in the nation to mandate Holocaust education in the public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In collaborative effort between the Museum and the Pinellas County School System, guidelines were developed for K-12 teachers. The guidelines include grade-appropriate instructional goals and bibliography for teaching the Holocaust. These guidelines are used by teachers throughout the nation as well as in Florida.
Preservation of the events of suffering and loss was inevitable to better understand the history and to ensure that it will never happen again. Preservation of these in events in different formats became important to educate the people to challenge and curb the promotion of hatred and intolerance. This resulted in The Florida Holocaust Museum with a vision of reality of peaceful and harmonious future in in our neighborhoods, in our nation and in our world.
Objects from the Toby Knobel Fluek Collection. Credit: Website
The Museum’s core exhibition, History, Heritage and Hope spans the first floor. The history of the Holocaust is presented, by featuring original artifacts, video, and photos, beginning with the history of antisemitism and life before World War II, followed by the rise of Hitler and the Nazis and anti-Jewish legislation. The history of other victim groups, ghettoes and rescue are also shown.
The exhibition culminates with sections about concentration camps and killing centers and a boxcar of the type that was used during the Holocaust.
The final area presented is Lessons for Today where visitors learn about other genocides and acts of hatred occurring today.
The majority of the Museum’s collections has been donated by Holocaust Survivors, liberators and their families. The goal of Museum staff is to preserve this material and make it accessible to families, scholars and the general public.
The Museum is home to the permanent exhibition: History, Heritage and Hope, which uses original artifacts, historical photographs and documents to tell the story of the Holocaust with a special emphasis on the personal stories of local survivors. It also houses the permanent exhibition, Kaddish in Wood: Woodcarvings by Dr. Herbert Savel. These carvings are of French children who were victims of the Holocaust.
The second floor of the the Florida Holocaust Museum houses two temporary exhibition galleries: The Janet Kohn and Larry Wasser galleries. These galleries offer changing exhibitions focused on one particular facet of the Holocaust, or may include contemporary art about the Holocaust or other genocides.
On the third floor of the Museum, small temporary exhibitions are displayed in Kane’s Furniture Hall. Also located on the third floor is the Ray and Nancy Murray Tolerance Education Center which is home to the largest Holocaust and genocide lending libraries in the southeast. Many of the Museum’s public programs, exhibition openings and commemorative events take place in Kane’s Furniture Hall.
Kane's Furniture Hall.
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New York, Feb 1 (Canadian-Media): Doc Fortnight 2020: New York based, MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art)’s Festival of International Nonfiction Film and Media will run from February 5 to 19 and include over 28 documentary features and short film pairings, 12 world premieres, 17 North American premieres, and 14 US premieres from 38 countries, media reports said.
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Many of these films have been the recipient of prizes at other major international festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, and Locarno.
Among the many artists who will be presenting their new work are Michael Almereyda, Denis Côté, Catherine Gund, Jem Cohen, Sky Hopinka, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ben Rivers, Kazuhiro Soda, and Roger Ross Williams.
A range of subjects are covered in Doc Fortnight 2020 including: a pioneering upstate New York camp for teens with disabilities, a cross-dressing candidate for Japanese parliament; portraits of influential cultural figures (including Delphine Seyrig, Raymond Pettibon, Felix Kubin, Agnes Gund, and John Ashbery), portraits of places such as a supermarket in Saõ Paulo, a radio station in Serbia, a hospitality school for Italy's aspiring waiters, an Icelandic village during the grim holiday season, and the world’s largest retirement community, in Florida.
An urgent theme of violence toward women, whether in war or at home, is portrayed in this year’s selection, shown in films such as Sunless Shadows, about imprisoned Iranian teenage girls for murdering their abusive male relatives; Overseas, about Filipina women learning to cope with enslavement in their domestic jobs abroad; La Mami, about worn-down dressing-room attendant at a famous cabaret in Mexico City; and That which Does Not Kill, about the rape of a young Belgian woman seen through the prism of experiences of ordinary women and men from diverse backgrounds.
Themes of exile, liberation, identity, and the legacy of colonialism of African diaspora portrayed in: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You; Akosua Adoma Owusu’s Welcome to the Jungle trilogy; and Billy Woodberry’s A Story of Africa.
Themes of mental illness are depicted in Kazuhiro Soda’s Zero, the centerpiece of Doc Fortnight 2020, and Olivier Zabat’s Arguments.
Nonfiction+, a series of programs focusing on new trends in expanded and interactive media. is a special addition to this year's festival. Highlights will include a program on interactive documentary art, presented by Caspar Sonnen (IDFA); Red Hero, an international collaborative online project devoted to the arts and culture of Mongolia; a live, cinematic, essay-performance by Tiffany Shlain; a hybrid film by Anamika Haksar, and Roger Ross Williams’ first venture into VR cinema with Traveling While Black.
The opening of Doc Fortnight 2020 will feature the New York premiere of Crip Camp, co-directed and produced by Nicole Newnham and James Lebrecht. The movie portraits Camp Jened—a camp for disabled teenagers near Woodstock, New York, that thrived in the late 1960s and ’70s, which in the establishment of a close-knit community of campers who would become pioneering disability advocates.
Also include in this year’s program will be “An Evening with 13BC” and “An Evening with Basma alSharif and Sky Hopkina.”
The New York– based collective 13BC will present two of their most recent works: the New York premiere of Straight Flush, and its companion piece, Corpse Cleaner. Basma alSharif (Egypt) and Sky Hopkina (Ho-Chunk Nation), will present their work together, in conversation for the first time.
The closing night film will be the New York premiere of Lance Oppenheim’s Some Kind of Heaven, an eye-opening account of the world’s largest retirement community, in central Florida.
Based in New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was opened by three patrons Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Mary Quinn Sullivan and Lillie P. Bliss in the year 1939. They were in the process of collecting paintings, watercolours, and drawings by a number of contemporary American artists in 1925, at that time called Museum of New Art which is now called Museum of Modern Art.