2017-10-11 / Voice at the Shore

JCC exhibit features drawings of children killed in Holocaust who are related to local survivors


Artist Manfred Bockelmann with his drawings of children killed during the Holocaust. Artist Manfred Bockelmann with his drawings of children killed during the Holocaust. “Drawing Against Oblivion,” an exhibition of haunting charcoal drawings of children killed during the Holocaust, will be on display at the JCC in Margate from October 19 to November 6.

“I want to get these children out of the darkness, and I will continue to draw my portraits as long as I can,” said Manfred Bockelmann, the internationally renowned artist who created the exhibition.

The exhibition, which was at Stockton last fall, will feature drawings of relatives of Holocaust survivors living in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties, said Gail Rosenthal, director of Stockton University’s Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center, which is co-presenting the exhibition along with the JCC. The entire community is invited to view this free exhibition.

On Thursday, October 26, at 7 p.m., the JCC will host a special exhibition event where members of the public can meet the artist. The event, which is free and open to the public, will also feature a screening of the award-winning documentary film “Drawing Against Oblivion.” The film, which won three gold medals at the 2015 New York Film Festival as well as many other awards, follows the artist over an 18-month period, showing clips of his visit to Auschwitz and documenting the creation of many of his drawings. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

A discussion with Bockelmann and Stockton professor

Dr. Marion Hussong, who teaches in Stockton’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Master of Arts program (and who is Bockelmann’s niece), will follow the screening. NJ educators (grades 5-12) who attend this event can receive two professional development hour credits, said Rosenthal.

On Monday, October 30, the Holocaust Resource Center will also offer a teacher seminar from 4-5:30 p.m. at the JCC that is free and open to educators. Educators (grades 5-12) who attend this event can receive 1.5 professional development hours. Advance reservation is required.

In addition to these events, free docent-led tours will be offered to school groups with students in grades 5-12 or in college. To make a reservation for a school-group tour, or for any professional development events, contact Gail Rosenthal at the Holocaust Resource Center at (609) 609-652-4699 or Gail.Rosenthal@Stockton.edu.

For more information about the exhibition, go to www.jccatlantic.org or www.- Stockton.edu. s

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