29 May 2020 - 6 Sivan 5780 - ו' סיון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Spots of Light: Women in the Holocaust exhibition shown in Hong Kong E-mail

The acclaimed international exhibition Spots of Light: Women in the Holocaust exhibition was on show at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) from 2 to 11 October. Its visit to Hong Kong was co-organised by the university and the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC).

The exhibition was curated by and presented in co-operation with Yad Vashem (the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem). In Hong Kong it reached a diverse audience of academics, students and interested community members. An opening event featured presentations from Ahuva Spieler, Consul General of Israel in Hong Kong, HKHTC board member Hayley Goldberg and HKBU academics Martin Chung and Hans Werner Hess.

A watershed event in human history, the Holocaust was an act of murder and violence that the Nazis and their accomplices unleashed against the Jewish people. Attendees at the exhibition learned about this major historic event in Europe, which is not very well known in Asia. The content of the exhibition explored the human story that lurked behind the grim chain of events that led to the deaths of approximately six million Jews.

Within this story, the exhibition aimed to give voice to the perspective and treatment of Jewish women throughout the period and explored how their fates differed from those of other victims, detailing the unique struggles and difficulties faced specifically by women during the Holocaust. The content touched upon female partisans and the experience of being a mother, and featured moving and personal imagery such as old cooking recipes being written down on scraps of Nazi propaganda in order to preserve customs and traditions.

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