Interior view of German POW barracks, Camp Blanding, Florida, June 17, 1043.
ST. PETERSBURG – The Florida Holocaust Museum presentS Humanity Beyond Barbed Wire: Hitler’s Soldiers in the Sunshine States. The exhibit opens July 21 and continues through Oct. 27.
This Florida Holocaust Museum created exhibition is based on a book by Robert Billinger, Hitler’s Soldiers in the Sunshine State. It illustrates the principles of a democratic nation and the humane treatment of enemy combatants during WWII.
A history of hate caused millions of deaths during the Holocaust. However, the treatment of German POWs in the United States during World War II created an obvious contrast as many former German POWs looked back on their experiences as positive ones.
Other exhibits on display
- Adam and Eve, recent paintings by Samuel Bak on view through Aug. 26.
Samuel Bak was born in 1933 in Vilna, Poland, and was recognized from an early age as possessing extraordinary artistic talent. As Vilna came under German occupation in 1940, Bak and his family moved into the Vilna ghetto, and later to a labor camp, from which he was smuggled and given refuge in a monastery. At the end of the war, his mother and he were the only members of his extensive family still alive.
Bak, now 76, has spent his life dealing with the artistic expression of the destruction and dehumanization which make up his childhood memories. He speaks about what are deemed to be the unspeakable atrocities of the Holocaust. He has created a visual language to remind the world of its most desperate moments.
- Reflections on Man’s Fate: The Art of Judith Weinshall Liberman on view Sept. 8 through Jan. 20, 2013
Drawn from the Florida Holocaust Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition is made up of paintings and textile work by award-winning artist Judith Weinhall Liberman. The collection includes wall hangings and works on canvas from her Holocaust Paintings, Holocaust Wall Hangings, Skulls Series and Genocide Series. Her work focuses on the present state of mankind as well as the relentlessness and enormity of history’s darkest period.
Born in Israel, Liberman received four American university degrees including a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School and an LL.M. degree from the University of Michigan Law School. She redirected her interest in law to her passion for art. Liberman is the award-winning author-illustrator of The Bird’s Last Song. Her work has been exhibited in one-person and group shows throughout the United States and abroad, and in public and private collections.
- Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps on view Sept. 15 through Dec. 31
The power of the written word to sustain life is a theme of Letters to Sala: A Young Woman's Life in Nazi Labor Camps. Sala Garncarz saved the items, including handwritten postcards, photographs and official documents from the time she entered a labor camp in 1940 until her liberation in 1945.
About the museum
Admission to the Florida Holocaust Museum is $14 for adults; discounted admission is offered to seniors and students, and to adult and student groups. Admission is free to active duty Military, FHM members and children age 6 and under.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday Please call 727-820-0100, or visit www.flholocaustmuseum.org for directions and more information, including holiday closures.
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.