Opening Reception: Rita Rimalower-Nettler's Postcards to Zurich, 1940-1942 
Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 2:00 pm

Join us as LAMOTH Board member and docent Michele Gold shares the original collection of documents highlighting the experience of her mother, Rita Rimalower-Nettler, during the Holocaust. Between 1940 and 1942, Rita sent approximately 40 postcards, six of which are on exhibit at LAMOTH, pleading for information on her parent's fate. Each postcard tells a painful, heartbreaking story of separation and loss, themes also echoed in the personal narrative of Holocaust Survivor, Eva Brettler. Eva will speak to the loss of her own mother as an 8-year-old girl during the Holocaust. These personal narratives exemplify the experiences and collective voices of children during the Holocaust.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to or (323) 456-5083.
Opening Reception: Paintings by Sofia Guttentag-Davidson

Helen Pankowsky and Hanna Pankowsky with Sofia Guttentag-Davidson's self-portrait

More than 80 people attended the opening reception on Wednesday for our new exhibit,  Paintings by Polish Holocaust Survivor Sofia Guttentag-Davidson . The evening began with opening remarks from LAMOTH Board Member Melinda Goldrich and an introductory film by the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. Gallery owner Faryl Greller spoke about the collection of Sofia Guttentag-Davidson's paintings, and the artist's granddaughter, Helen Pankowsky, introduced her mother, Survivor and author Hanna Pankowsky. Hanna spoke about the meaning behind her mother's art, followed by Q&A. 

Presented by the Goldrich Family Foundation and on exhibit through January 2017, t he  powerful family art collection depicts pre-World War II life in Europe, the atrocities of the Holocaust, Jewish spirituality and hope afterwards.
Australian School Visits LAMOTH   

Today we welcomed high school students from Pulteney Grammar School in Adelaide, South Australia  for a docent-led tour and talk by Holocaust Survivor Bob Geminder. The students, who are in California for a basketball competition, chose to visit the Museum on their first day in the United States. 

Nazi Germany, Ideology and Deception


Our new temporary exhibit, "Nazi Germany, Ideology and Deception," includes  several German and American documentaries. The films depict the boycott of  Jewish businesses in Berlin,  Party Day in Nuremberg, a  Nazi rally in 1937, the  Anschluss (annexation) of Austria, the  German invasion of Poland and  the USSR, and the liberation of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

Also on exhibit in the screening room is a collection of primary sources that demonstrate Nazi propaganda and antisemitic ideology. For example, a matchbox with the Nazi state emblem shows how the Nazis sought to create an inclusive, proud, and connected Volksgemeinschaft (community).
Albert Rosa
Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 pm

Albert Rosa is one of the fewer than 4% of Jews from Salonika, Greece who survived the Holocaust. Born in 1925, his family's life changed dramatically in 1941 when Nazi Germany invaded Greece. Under the Nazi occupation, Greek Jews lost their basic rights. In 1943, Albert was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau where he stayed for a fe w months, and where he witnessed the murder of his brother and sister. After the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Nazi authorities sent Greek Jews from Auschwitz, who spoke neither Polish nor Yiddish, to clear the ruins. After this assignment, he and other prisoners were sent on a march to Dachau. In January 1945, he and a few other prisoners escaped. American troops liberated him and he later served in the American military. He met and married his wife in a Displaced Persons Camp, and they settled in the United States in 1949. Albert never spoke about his experiences in the Holocaust until the release of "Schindler's List," when his children encouraged him to share his story. 

A docent-led tour will follow the talk.

With gratitude to the Joseph Drown Foundation for its generous support of free Holocaust education and school tours, and to the Max H. Gluck Foundation for its generous support of the Share Our Stories Project.
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Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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