Starting this week, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. will host an exhibition in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Week, sponsored by the German Embassy.
Titled “Lest We Forget”, the exhibition consists of 120 large-scale portraits of Holocaust survivors taken by German-Italian photographer Luigi Toscano.
The portraits will be placed along both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, where they will send a powerful message for remembrance and tolerance.
Before opening up in Washington, D.C., the exhibition was on display outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York City, where it drew in many spectators curious about the stories of the photographed survivors.
One of the survivors portrayed in the exhibition, Susan Cernyak-Spatz, said it best: “If we forget the past, we are condemned to repeat it,” she told the artist.
On this note, we would like to invite all of you in the Washington, D.C. area to our opening ceremony on April 10 at 3 p.m. on the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial. Attending the ceremony are photographer Luigi Toscano, German Ambassador Peter Wittig, senior rabbi M. Bruce Lustig of the Washington Hebrew Congregation and Sara J. Bloomfield, director of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Nicole Glass, editor of The Week in Germany