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The Story of Ghetto Theresienstadt in the USA – Rising Interest
 
Reading, Pennsylvania, February 18, 2012
 
 
The exhibition “Theresienstadt's Children and their Art” was opened by the Reading Public Museum in the framework of the “Theresienstadt Project”, in cooperation with the local Jewish community; The  children’s opera “Brundibar” was also staged. The exhibition that includes more than 40 original exhibits from the archives of Beit Theresienstadt – children’s drawings, puppets, an issue of “Kamarat” and the “Monopoly” game, is planned to last until mid-May 2012. The festive opening was attended by some 150 excited guests. After the “Havdalah” ceremony led by the local rabbi, John Smith, the museum’s director and initiator of the exhibition and the curator Scott Schweigert talked about the project and Oded Breda greeted in the name of Beit Theresienstadt. Next day, Inge Auerbacher a ghetto survivor, told the visitors about her life and showed her film “The Olympic Doll”.
The exhibition was covered by television and press and its location in the Art Museum – not a Holocaust museum – made it very special.
 
The story of ghetto Theresienstadt attracts in the USA a large audience and just now there are a number of additional projects, parallel to that in Reading. In the same week ended the events in New York, dealing with culture in the ghetto; organized by Hanna Arie-Gaifmann at "92Y", there is a number of exhibitions about the ghetto at the Holocaust museum in Los Angeles, Karen Weiner lectured at Duke university on her father’s book and the Butterfly project at the Houston Holocaust museum goes on. At the same time preparations continue to stage Verdi’s “Requiem” in New York, next year.
 
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