The traveling exhibition entitled “Forbidden Art” created by concentration camp prisoners while imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II has opened in the City of Wixom’s library.
The opening reception to welcome this extraordinary exhibit was March 19 at the Wixom Community Center.
The reception featured guest speaker Teresa Wontor-Cichy, an historian at the Research Center of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum of Poland. She is the author of several historical publications, including Imprisoned for Their Faith: Jehovah’s Witnesses in KL Auschwitz and Clergy and Religious Practices in Auschwitz. Ms. Wontor-Cichy completed several seminars, workshops and programs, among them the Seminar in Holocaust Studies in Yad Vashem (2005, 2008), and “Memorial Sites as a Key for Future Education” organized by the Secretariat of the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and the Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania (2012). She is the historical consultant for many documentary films about Auschwitz history, earning her a page on IMDb.com. She is a noted lecturer on several aspects of Auschwitz camp history including different Auschwitz prisoners groups, the SS garrison, medical crime, evacuation and liberation of the camp. Ms. Wontor-Cichy received her master’s degree from Catholic University in Lublin, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of History.
Guests also enjoyed the music of celebrity violinist Sonia Lee. Ms. Lee has performed with the Three Tenors, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, the Toronto Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and many more. Ms. Lee has performed for CNN’s Larry King and was featured in the first season of the television show America’s Got Talent.
Forbidden Art will be at the Wixom Public Library from March 20 through April 6, 2017. The exhibit is made possible by the Wixom Downtown Development Authority, the Wixom Community Foundation, and local sponsors. The exhibit was developed and is presented in North America by The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools in exclusive partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. It has been displayed at prominent institutions such as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, West Point, the Hoover Museum, and UCLA. The City of Wixom exhibit is funded in part through a grant provided by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Anton Art Center.
In Recognition of Wixom’s Generous Sponsors:
AFP Sound Systems
BPI Information Systems
Downtown Wixom Development Co.
Drafting Table Brewing Company
Ellen and David Dickson
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Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.
Johnson Rosati Schultz Joppich PC
Michigan Community Insurance Agency
Mickey Shapiro Charitable Trust
The Friends of Wixom Library
The Rzeznik Family
Two Men & A Truck
Wixom Community Foundation
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