In Minneapolis, Delta Air Lines was a proud sponsor of the opening reception for Transfer of Memory Photography Exhibition, a powerful exhibit of Minnesotan Holocaust survivors developed by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. The exhibit is on display at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport through Feb. 5.
Holocaust survivors featured in Transfer of Memory came from Europe to Minnesota, where they could live out dreams for family and future free from violent oppression. The exhibit of 44 portraits serves as a reminder of freedom and the enduring human spirit, showing remarkable hope in exceedingly difficult circumstances.
The exhibit supports Delta's community engagement pillar of promoting arts and culture, honoring the survivors' lives and spreading inspiration in a major Delta hub.
"Transfer of Memory has enabled the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas' Holocaust education program to bring lessons of the Shoah [Holocaust] to communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota who otherwise might not receive firsthand accounts from Holocaust survivors," said Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of JCRC.
Transfer of Memory is brought to life through photographer David Sherman and writer Lili Chester. The survivors were all photographed in their own homes and have brief excerpts of their life stories accompanying each portrait. Minnesota's Kare 11 emphasizes the necessity of preserving the stories throughout the exhibit, writing: "Not long from now there will be no more survivors of the Holocaust to tell us, in their own words, what happened."
The exhibit can be found on the Concourse C of Terminal 1 in MSP. It will be open throughout Super Bowl LII weekend, which will include some of the busiest days in the history of MSP.
Photo credits: top image by Nadine Babu; lower image by David Sherman features Holocaust survivors with Dan Boivin, the Chair of the Metropolitan Airports Commission.