That afternoon Judith Cohen, Director, Photographic Reference Collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, led a discussion of work by Jewish photographers, revealing how important these pictures are when teaching about Holocaust history. The perspective captured by Jews with cameras is far different than the story told by Nazi photographers, she explained. A quiet but important addition to the audience was two people signing, provided by the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Sign Language Interpreting Services.
The day’s instruction was made possible, in part, by a generous gift from the Young Friends of the Museum.
And on Wednesday night we hosted our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner, honoring our more than 250 volunteers who donate at a minimum, 45,000 hours annually. We don’t say it enough, but we could not do the work we do without our volunteers. The dinner was preceded by a book fair featuring authors from our Speakers Bureau and Gallery Educator corps. It was such a success, we want to plan a larger one in the future that will enable visitors to meet our Museum family and learn about their stories. Stay tuned.
Photo: Surveying curriculum between speakers. Photo by Caroline Earp.