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Voices of Vedem: Yesterday and Today

Closing Event for Exhibit 

May 31, 2017

5:30 pm - Reception; 6:00 pm - Musical Presentation & Remarks EPHM's "Voices of Vedem: Yesterday and Today" is the closing event for the traveling exhibit, Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto on Wednesday, May 31. Through music, vocals, and remarks, "Voices of Vedem: Yesterday and Today" will be a celebration of the courage, hope, and ingenuity that inspired the creation of Vedem during the Holocaust and of the young voices today that are speaking out against current injustice.  Please join us for the final evening of this powerful exhibit that deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish teenage boys, who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Vedem was their voice, their defiance, their connection to life before.This interactive and artistically crafted exhibit tells a powerful story that still resounds with meaning and impact today. Music: Inspired by the story of the boys of Terezin, Lori Laitman, a contemporary award-winning composer, composed an oratorio entitled, Vedem, based on the writings of these teenage boys imprisoned in Terezin. During "Voices of Vedem" on May 31, Cherry Duke- accomplished soloist in opera, oratorio, and musical theater, Dr. Dena Kay Jones- acclaimed pianist- and Dr. David Ross- Professor of Music at University of Texas at El Paso and Principal Clarinet of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra- will perform these moving songs of Vedem Remarks: This powerful musical tribute will be followed by remarks with Christina Chavarria, Program Coordinator of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Ms. Chavarria will share her personal and professional research of Terezin and of Petr Ginz, the editor and driving force behind Vedem. Creative Activism Today: The evening will end with a look at contemporary creative activism, as El Paso students present their journalistic and artistic work on current social issues. Inspired by the artistic protest of the Vedem creators, these students spoke out about immigration, equal rights, racism, religious freedom, and much more, through poetry and prose, drawing and painting. Their work has now been included in the current Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto exhibit at EPHM. And on May 31, these students will be invited back to share their views and experience.  Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend and all are welcome. For information & to RSVP, contact: Jamie Flores - 915.351.0048 / jamie@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org     Exhibit curated by Rina Taraseiskey, Michael Murphy, and Danny King and organized by The Vedem Underground Project. Exhibition Workshop: DIY Journalism was created by Rina Taraseiskey. Exhibit generously underwritten by Texas Holocaust & Genocide Commission and Jewish Community Foundation- National Council of Jewish Women's Fund.   ....Read More