Archivist from US Holocaust Memorial Museum to Speak on Drawings from Child Survivors

Archivist from US Holocaust Memorial Museum to Speak on Drawings from Child Survivors

Artwork created by child Holocaust survivors will be the focus of a public lecture at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. “Children’s Drawings of Weir Courtney,” presented on Sunday, March 23, at 1 pm at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building (12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146), will feature Rebecca Erbelding, archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM,) discussing an extraordinary cache of post-war drawings in the USHMM collection.

After the Holocaust, the British government provided aid to more than 700 Jewish child survivors. At least 20 of these children came under the nurturing care of Alice Goldberger at a children’s home called Weir Courtney in the English countryside. Goldberger, herself a German-Jewish immigrant, had fled to the United Kingdom at the outset of the war. Hundreds of the children’s writings and drawings, depicting happy scenes from their postwar lives, were donated to the USHMM by one of Goldberger’s former wards. Erbelding will relate the amazing story behind these seemingly ordinary pages and the USHMM’s efforts to preserve them. A light reception will follow the program.

This lecture, co-sponsored by the USHMM and the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, is free and open to the public. RSVP by March 20 by contacting Jed Silberg in the USHMM’s Midwest Regional Office at jsilberg@ushmm.org or 847-433-8099.

For information please call Silberg or Dan Reich of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center at 314-442-3714 or dreich@jfedstl.org.

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