History Out in the Open

clip_image0021By Matt Gibson

A rare relic from the Holocaust is currently on display at the Flecker Memorial Art Gallery in the Southampton building.

The relic is a book that was originally used in Poland during the period of the Holocaust. The book originated in the Charych family of Lodz, Poland. Alex and Henia Charych met and married in Warsaw and eventually moved to Lodz years later in December of 1945. In 1945 World War II and the Holocaust were in full swing. This book entitled “Extermination of the Polish Jews: a Picture Album” includes the first photographic documentation of the Holocaust. This book had a significant impact on the world’s view of what exactly transpired during the Holocaust itself.

The exhibit at the Art Gallery was created by The Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding, Inc. (CHDHU) and is entitled Extermination of Polish Jews. Along with the book, this exhibit also features various moving and revealing photographs of the Holocaust and the horrendous conditions that the Holocaust caused specifically in Poland.

This exhibit is on display at the Flecker Memorial Art Gallery until Feb. 27.
The gallery’s hours are Monday-Thursday from 11:00am-3:00pm and again from 5:30pm-7:30pm. On Fridays the gallery is open from 10:00am-2:00pm.
Anyone who is interested is encouraged to come down to the Southampton building and take a look for themselves. Any questions or comments should be directed to Steven Schrier at 631-451-4700 or schries@sunysuffolk.edu.

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