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Front Page - Friday, February 3, 2023

‘Americans and the Holocaust’ exhibition opens

Docents Charlotte Schuyt and Susan Jones are eager to share their knowledge of the Holocaust exhibit at the downtown library during interactive tours. - Photo by David Laprad | Hamilton County Herald

The Chattanooga Public Library is hosting “Americans and the Holocaust,” a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association. The exhibit is free and open to the public through Feb. 27.

With support from co-hosting sponsors The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga and The Tennessee Holocaust Commission, the library will also host a number of events that accompany the exhibition.

The next event, the Paper Clips Project, is scheduled to take place Monday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. The occasion will feature a presentation and Q&A by Linda Hooper and students of Whitwell Middle School about the project, a monument the school created for Holocaust victims.

Seats for this event and others can be reserved for free at chattlibrary.org/exhibition.

The touring exhibition examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide during the 1930s and 1940s. It intends to make viewers leave with more questions than when they arrived, says Alison Lebovitz, exhibition steering committee member.

“Elie Wiesel said ‘the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference,” Lebovitz adds. “The Holocaust is an uncomfortable truth and we must learn to avoid repeating those mistakes again.”

Educators interested in guided class tours can schedule them at chattlibrary.org/exhibition. Funding is available to cover school bus costs through sponsors ArtsBuild and Unum.

The exhibition is located on the third floor at the downtown library and it can be viewed during normal operating hours, which are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Additional support for the exhibition is provided by Lyndhurst Foundation, EPB, Truist, McGriff, CHI Memorial, BCBST Community Trust, The Kennedy Foundation, Patten and Patten Investment Advisors, Southeastern Trust Company, First-Centenary United Methodist Church, Hamico, The Tucker Foundation, Herb Cohn, Amy and John Cohen and Helen Pregulman.

Source: Chattanooga Public Library