• UWA presents "Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art"

    Posted: January 17, 2014

    Author: Sydney Meeks

     The University of West Alabama and the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center will present “Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art,” the collection will be on display Feb. 10 through March 7 in Webb Hall Gallery. The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 13 from 1-3 p.m. at Webb Hall Parlor. 

    In this sensitive assembly of photography by Becky Seitel and art by Mitzi J. Levin, viewers are provided intimate glimpses into the private memories of twenty Alabama Holocaust survivors. 

    Seitel and Levin spent hours visiting each survivor and listening to their stories. The survivors began with their memories of life before occupation and imprisonment. Their stories continue with their lives in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile and Opelika.

    Both artists provide bold, thought-provoking and moving paintings and photographs with text explaining the personal stories behind each piece. Survivor biographies and maps provide an additional historical dimension to the exhibit.

    “Through the stories of these Alabama Holocaust survivors, we hope to impart this history, as well as a richer understanding of its impact on these individuals and their families, to a larger audience. View their pictures. Read their stories. Allow this exhibition to move you,”Becky Seitel, Photographer, and Mitzi J. Levin, Artist Darkness into Life said.

     For more information, contact Dr. Richard Schellhammer, Department of History and Social Sciences, UWA at 205-652-3632.

    The exhibit was created for educational purposes and school and special group tours are encouraged.

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