Holocaust survivors Ruth Scholss and Harvey Moser as photographed by B.A. Van Sise. (Courtesy Museum of Jewish Heritage)
“Eyewitness,” the first public art installation in the 20-year history of the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, by photojournalist B.A. Van Sise, opened April 26. It was shown in conjunction with a two-week commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The installation includes 20 very big photographs of Holocaust survivors who live in New York City. The photos fill the windows of the museum’s façade. Another 13 images will be projected on gallery walls inside. A second phase will be unveiled on May 10.
Van Sise photographed 31 Holocaust survivors who are part of the museum’s speakers bureau and gallery educators. Each survivor will be available on the museum’s website and in a printed pamphlet available at the museum.