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Spots of Light – To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

About the Exhibition

Deportation of Jews from Szydłowiec, Poland, to the Treblinka Death Camp, September 23, 1942 Deportation of Jews from Szydłowiec, Poland, to the Treblinka Death Camp, September 23, 1942

Selected Panels from the Exhibition

“Spots of Light: To Be a Woman in the Holocaust”, the first international exhibition to focus exclusively on women in the Holocaust, is more than a catalogue and also much more than an exhibition. This is a demonstration of human and feminine strengths…

Women in the Holocaust applied their minds to a place that deprived them of their minds; brought strength to a place where they had no strength. In a place where they and their families had no right to live, destined to die, they invested every second with meaning.

It is these women’s voices that we wish to sound and whose stories we wish to tell.

The exhibition is designed as a large-scale video-art-like installation, which encompasses the entire exhibition space, moves and changes before the viewer’s eyes, and gives the historical materials a new and contemporary feel and perspective. Stories of 45 women are told through 10 thematic sections; Love, Motherhood, Caring for Others, Womanhood, Partisans and Underground, Everyday Life, Friendship, Faith, Food & Arts.

Michal Rovner’s video work “To Be a Human Being” interweaves segments of interviews with 10 female Holocaust survivors, and is the pinnacle of the exhibition’s conceptual paradigm.

Curator: Yehudit Inbar, Director, Yad Vashem Museums Division

Designer: Chanan de Lange