RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota National Guard will host Transfer of Memory, a photo exhibition of Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, from Sept. 9-27 on Camp Rapid.
A public program will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. to highlight the exhibit, which shares stories of survival during exceedingly difficult circumstances, and will include a remembrance tribute honoring the victims and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The program will feature speakers Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and Col. Laurence Bazer, a Jewish chaplain with the National Guard Bureau, who will talk of his experiences ministering to the victims and first responders in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“This exhibition has enabled the JCRC’s Holocaust education program to bring lessons of the Shoah (Holocaust) to communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin who otherwise might not receive firsthand accounts from Holocaust survivors,” said Steve Hunegs, JCRC executive director.
The exhibition features 45 portraits of survivors living — or who lived — in Minnesota. There are 53 total Holocaust survivors photographed in the exhibit, and sadly, 23 of the survivors have passed away. The color images depict the survivors as living full and fulfilled lives — full of life and vitality — not defined by the tragedy of the Holocaust. Photographer David Sherman and writer Lili Chester, in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, created the photography exhibition.
Each survivor was photographed in their home and everyone was interviewed and videotaped prior to making their portrait. Text, distilled from the survivor interviews, accompanies each portrait and provides background and a short history in the survivors’ own words.
The exhibit will be open to the public for viewing Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Joint Force Headquarters building on Camp Rapid at 2823 W. Main Street, Rapid City.