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Exhibit Opening: Sweet Home Sweet, A Story of Survival, Memory, and Returns

Sun, May 21


Holocaust Museum LA

Exhibit Opening: Sweet Home Sweet, A Story of Survival, Memory, and Returns

"When he was in the Krakow ghetto he was still taking photos, and those photos were buried in Plaszow and discovered after the war, he hid them in a pickle jar, a glass pickle jar in Plaszow ... He remembered their names, he remembered if they survived the war, he remembered everything about them."

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May 21, 3:00 PM PDT

Holocaust Museum LA, 100 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA


Born to a Polish Jewish family in Krakow in 1923, Richard Ores was a teenager when World War II broke out. As an avid amateur photographer, Richard documented the world around, capturing family and friends enjoying pre-war life. Smuggling in his camera and possession of photographs, Richard courageously continued to document, including in the Krakow Ghetto, creating symbolic proof of the existence of family and friends, most of whom were killed. In an act of perseverance and demonstrating great fortitude, he buried his photos in a jar while enslaved in the infamous Plaszow Concentration Camp.  After the war, he unearthed the photos, providing a reminder of existence of his family and friends. 

The original photos recovered from the jar will be  displayed at Holocaust Museum LA for the first time in the United States following an exhibition at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland.

Join us to explore the layered relationships of Holocaust survivors and their families with their homelands: the universal story of a deep longing, despite trauma and pain, a testament to courage, hope, and belonging.

Hear from panelists: Michelle Ores, Richard Ores' daughter; Jakub Nowakowski, Director of the Galicia Museum; and Tomasz Strug, Deputy Director and Chief Curator for the Galicia Museum, as they sit down with Holocaust Museum LA's Jordanna Gessler, Vice President of Education and Exhibits.


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