BEACHWOOD, Ohio - The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood is hosting a never-before-seen exhibit and its first for 2013 called " Spots of Light;To Be a Woman in the Holocaust."
The museum walls are awash with images and text, as well as rare artifacts and clothing from a time in history when Jewish women suffered at the hands of their oppressors during World War II.
The portraits and individual stories portrayed here put a face to the hardship these women suffered. Poetry family recipes and scraps of paper depicting wishes and dreams, as well as letters to loved ones that may never have been read until now may be closely examined here. Through these treasured relics and photos you can see and feel the quiet pain in their eyes and words, but this is not the main purpose of this exhibition. Rather, it's the strength and commitment to family and faith that allowed these women and their culture survive their cruel fate.
These are subtle yet powerful images. A large-scale video presentation moves the viewer through the history of the lives of a few women in the sea of the millions of Holocaust victims who shared their same story.
The exhibit runs until June 9 at the Maltz Museum and features companion films and lectures throughout the exhibit.
For more information, visit http://www.maltzmuseum.org/