Birmingham-Southern College to present Holocaust exhibit and speaker series in February and March


Birmingham-Southern will launch an educational exhibit and lecture series beginning Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, to facilitate a platform for understanding what led to and what happened during the Holocaust, from 1933 to 1945.

This is the first time these collections have visited BSC. The exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. Tours for schools and special groups are available.

“Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art” is one of three traveling exhibits that will be on display Feb. 6-24, 2012, on the campus. In this sensitive assembly of art by Mitzi J. Levin and photography by Becky Seitel, which will be located in the Durbin Gallery, viewers will be provided with intimate glimpses into the private memories of 20 Alabama Holocaust survivors. The exhibit in the Durbin Gallery can be viewed during the college’s regular business hours—Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Two exhibits will be housed on the main level of the N.E. Miles/C.A. Rush Library. “The Courage to Remember” is a 40-piece colored poster exhibit that charts the course of the Holocaust. “Children of the Holocaust” is a collection of literature on the Holocaust and genocide published for children and young adults. Library hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday,8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday,9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday,2 p.m. to midnight.

An opening ceremony and reception for the exhibits will take place Friday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery.

Levin and Seitel will deliver the first lecture on “Darkness into Life” on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. in the Norton Campus Center Theatre. Other guest lecturers are Indiana University Professor of History Dr. Jeffrey Veidlinger, Holocaust survivor Max Steinmetz, and Faulkner State Community College Professor of World History Jennifer Lindsay. Lecture schedules are listed at Following the lectures will be question and answer sessions with the speakers.

According to Erica Brown, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at BSC, the series is a great opportunity to meet and hear from Holocaust survivors as well as see their stories laid out in print, art, and photography. “Today, when there are fewer Holocaust survivors alive to share their experiences, the personal contact is important. Hopefully the new awareness and attention to the Holocaust in this unique way will lead to broader discussions about the horror of genocide and the hate that leads to it.”

The exhibit and lecture series is created by the Birmingham Holocaust Education Committee. The series is being sponsored by BSC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and the college’s departments of art, history, and education.

Contact Brown for more exhibit/programming information at  or (205) 226-4733.


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