Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory.

October 27, 2021 – February 27, 2022


Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory. is a landmark exhibit that showcases more than 60 never-before-seen personal items brought to America by Survivors of the Holocaust and genocide. Exploring the relationship between objects, their meaning to the original owner and subsequent significance, each artifact is dramatically paired with oversized photographs by renowned documentarian Jim Lommasson with handwritten responses by Survivors or their family members. The objects are as every day as a baby doll and a black suitcase and as symbolic as a young mother’s cookbook and a wedding announcement—saved by local Survivors from genocides around the world. And though the objects and memories start from very different origins, from Germany to Belgium to Armenia to Syria, common threads bind them all together. These are the threads that bind us all, the common story of moving to a new land, building a new life, yet holding on to the past. We are all connected to these stories; we have them in our own families. They are the commonality of an immigrant experience, an American experience.


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Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory. is a project of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center with photography by Jim Lommasson.

The local presentation of this exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:


Milton & Tamar Maltz

Signature Sponsor

Benefactor Sponsors

Cleveland Armenian Community
The Fernanda & Josef Friedman Holocaust Education Fund
David and Inez Myers Foundation

Patron Sponsors

Schwebell Family Foundation
Mary Ann and Gary Shamis
Ursuline College
Margaret Wong & Associates
Dan and Ellen Zelman

Contributing Sponsors

Harry J. and Rosalyn Abraham and Family
Norma C. Geller
The Kline Family Foundation
Kol Israel Foundation
Loree and Steve Potash
Mary Ann and Dan Rothstein
The Nathan and Fannye Shafran Foundation
Zehava and Warren Sklar
Shani and Scott Spiegle
Julie and Michael Frayman
Marcia Wexberg and Ken Singer
Diocese of Cleveland


Maltz Museum