About the Exhibit
You are invited to explore the Transfer of Memory Exhibit in Founders Hall at Wayzata Community Church from Friday, May 5 through Friday, May 19. The exhibit illustrates Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, in their homes, in full color. Each is a story of survival during exceedingly difficult circumstances. As a collection, these images focus on life and hope. From Europe to Minnesota, it was here they fashioned their dreams, their futures, and their families. Their lives are constant reminders of the value of freedom and the enduring human spirit. The exhibit was created by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
About the Interfaith Lecture Series
Wayzata Community Church Interfaith Lecture series focuses on issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, ethical, moral, humanitarian, philosophical and religious perspectives. While honoring its Christian roots, WCC seeks to offer the world a much needed example of what it means to live with and to respond to contemporary religious pluralism, and to demonstrate the perspective that inclusivity is the mark of faithful religious life and teaching.
We are honored that the first Interfaith Lecture Series focuses our community on the lives and history of our Jewish Sisters and Brothers. It is with deep respect and gratitude that alongside the lecture series we have the honor to host The Transfer of Memory Photography Exhibit and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s concert of compositions by Jewish Holocaust survivors.
Friday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel
Dr. Robert O. Fisch
“Light from the Yellow Star”
Dr. Robert O. Fisch was born on June 12, 1925 in Budapest, Hungary. He survived a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. After the war Fisch attended medical school and participated in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. In 1957, after a death threat, Fisch emigrated to the United States where he became world-renowned for his work in pediatrics, specifically with phenylketonuria.
Fisch is an artist as well as an author. His most notable book is Light from the Yellow Star. Other titles include: Metamorphosis To Freedom, Children’s Letters To A Holocaust Survivor, and Fisch Stories. Now retired, Fisch spends his time speaking to children about the importance of humanity. Fisch has conceived the exhibit “The Value of One Life” at the Minnesota History Center.
Monday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel
Rabbi Harold Kravitz
“Hebrew Bible and the Holocaust”
Rabbi Kravitz joined the rabbinic staff of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation, in Minnetonka, MN, in 1987. He and his wife, Cindy Reich, have three children.
In honor of his spiritual leadership, Kravitz was named one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis in 2013 by the prominent Jewish newspaper the Jewish Daily Forward. Of the 36 rabbis who made the list, Kravitz is the only one leading a Minnesota-based congregation.
The Adath Jeshurun Congregation is active in trying to help people in poverty. Kravitz has taken a leading role in that effort, serving as the board chairman for Mazon, a national Jewish advocacy group that aims to eradicate hunger.
Monday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel
“Finding Life in Lives Lost”
Iris Tzafrir was born and raised in the Negev desert of Israel on Kibbutz Mishmar Hanegev, a small agricultural community about 30 minutes west from the Israeli city of Be’er Sheva. She is the daughter of two Holocaust (Shoah in Hebrew) Survivors. Her mother Shari of blessed memory, is originally from Gür, Hungary, and her father Yehoshua of blessed memory is from Krakow, Poland. Following World War II, Iris’s parents migrated to Israel, determined to start a new life in the historical Jewish homeland. Growing up in a household of two parents who lost their families and survived the Nazi death camps left strong impressions.
Dealing with the horrors in her family’s past were not the only impressions left with Iris. Iris carries a determination to tell her family’s story, and to share how she decided to use it as a place for hope for the next generation. It was Iris’ journey of telling her family’s story that led her to a remarkable discovery about her family.
Iris has a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and a Doctorate in Plant Biological Sciences and she works in agriculture.
About the Transfer of Memory Photographer
David Sherman was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. His ability to capture life, coupled with his mastery of evoking emotion and energy from his subjects has landed him assignments with prestigious clients including Fairview Hospitals and Clinics, Unity and Mercy Hospitals Foundation, Dorsey and Whitney Law Firm, The Maslon Firm, Sholom, Winmark Corporation and the University of Minnesota.
David’s objective for initiating the Survivor Portrait Project is to create formal portraits of Holocaust Survivors to insure that Survivors are remembered in a respectful and beautiful way – by face and by name, with an additional objective of documenting the stories of each of these survivors.
About the Transfer of Memory Writer
Lili Chester was born in Austria, the first child of two Holocaust survivors. Growing up in Minneapolis, she was immersed in the culture and stories of her parents and their friends. Children of Holocaust survivors carry a profound legacy. They become the witnesses for the next generation.
Lili is honored to have participated in this project, as an opportunity to carry on the legacy of remembrance. Each person interviewed could be the subject of a whole book and thus, it was very difficult to summarize their experiences in just a few short paragraphs. Lili hopes that the words that she has matched to the photographs will not only make people aware of the personal tragedies of the Holocaust, but also carry on the memory of a special group of people.
May 19, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
“In Times of War”
This program explores music born out of the horrors of war. Gideon Klein was a promising young composer and pianist when the Nazi regime imprisoned him in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp, along with many other artists and musicians forced into slavery, and his original Partita for Strings, scored for violin, viola and cello, was performed in the concentration camp and later arranged for string orchestra. Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra was written in 1939 while the threat of World War II loomed over his native Hungary. Closing the program is Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, a powerful statement on war, written in 1960 under the intense scrutiny of Communist censorship.