Approximately 225 visitors came to the Jewish Museum of Maryland last Sunday, Mar. 5, to attend the opening of the JMM’s new exhibition, “Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity.”

The exhibition, curated by JMM collection manager Joanna Church, encompasses five smaller exhibits — “A Town Known As Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community,” developed by the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust; “Architecture of Murder: The Auschwitz Birkenau Blueprints,” developed by Yad Vashem; “Loss and Beauty: Photographs by Keron Psillas”; “The Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project: An Art Installation by Lori Shocket,” and  a 20-square-foot wooden replica of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp built by 16-year-old Andrew Altman of Baltimore as a memorial to his great-grandfather, Auschwitz survivor, Edward (Yehuda) Biderman.

The full-day opening program included a brunch that honored Baltimore’s Holocaust survivor community with remarks by artist Lori Shocket, JMM Board President Duke Zimmerman, and JMM Executive Director Marvin I. Pinkert.

Vera Kestenberg, a local Holocaust survivor and a JMM collection volunteer, views the exhibition.

In the afternoon, Pinkert and Linda A. Hurwitz,  board chair of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, addressed visitors. Deborah Cardin, the JMM’s deputy director of programs and development and exhibition project manager, facilitated a conversation with Shocket and Psillas.

“Remembering Auschwitz” will be on exhibit through May 29, 2017.

Photos by Will Kirk

To read more about the exhibition, visit “Remembering Auschwitz” .

For more information about the JMM, visit



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