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Living On

Portraits of Tennessee Survivors and Liberators - Everyone has a story to tell

“Living On” is a documentary project that includes portraits of Holocaust survivors and U.S. Army liberators now living in Tennessee. These individuals witnessed and survived one of the most catastrophic periods in human history. Through their stories, faces, and testimony, we gain a unique insight into how the unthinkable happened and how the consequences of these events still have relevance today.

“Living On” offers viewers an opportunity to meet fellow citizens through photographic portraits and biographical sketches. This unique project stands as a powerful testament to human resilience, as we hear the voices and see the faces of those who survived a horrific violence inspired by fanatical hatred and designed to eliminate the very faces and voices captured by the project. 
 
Between 1933 and 1945 six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. The portraits in this exhibit are those who witnessed the Holocaust first hand. We hope that you will be moved by their stories to stand up against hatred and intolerance, so that no individual will ever again have to endure what they experienced. 
 
Living On photographs by Robert Heller, Associate Professor, The University of Tennessee. Interviews by  Dawn Weiss Smith. Curated by Susan W. Knowles. Documentary , "Living On: Tennesseans Remembering the Holocaust" by Will Pedigo, Nashville Public Television.