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Exhibits

Lest We Forget is 4-week January exhibit

Imagine your family is facing genocide, but given the chance to save one of your children. Which one would you choose? That was the situation faced by the Amram family in Nazi Germany. Would it be 6-year-old Fred or his younger sister? Which one could perhaps best fend on his or her own? Would any of them survive?

 “Lest We Forget” is a 24-panel January only exhibit at the Steele County History Center opening January 7. Fred’s journey in escaping and eventually reaching the United States provides a touchingly intimate experience for visitors who make time to view this traveling exhibit.  The panels in narrative and art raise the specter of prejudice, social injustice, discrimination and genocide. 

 Accompanying each panel is artist Sandra Brick’s interpretation of Fred’s experience from birth in a Catholic Infant’s Home as Jews were no longer permitted in public hospitals through his adaptation to a new language and culture in the United States. This 4-week exhibit is underwritten by a gift from the estate of Gladys Wavrin. 

Fred Amran

to speak Thursday, January 23

Accompanying each panel is artist Sandra Brick’s interpretation of Fred’s experience from birth in a Catholic Infant’s Home as Jews were no longer permitted in public hospitals through his adaptation to a new language and culture in the United States. This 4-week exhibit is underwritten by a gift from the estate of Gladys Wavrin.  

 January 23 from 7 - 9 pm, the History Center will host Fred, the subject of the exhibit, and Sandra Brick, the artist who conceptualized Fred’s narrative, in a free-to-the-public program. Fred is now a retired Professor of Communications from the metro area and a well-received and vivid storyteller. The evening’s presentation will begin with “A Survivor Remembers the Holocaust” by Fred, followed by artist Sandra Brick highlighting how “The Artist Reveals Her Secrets,” with question and answer period to follow.

Admission to the museum is free to SCHS members, $5 non-members with groups by arrangement at the office 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, 451-1420. Public hours are 10a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 

Sandra A. Brick, Fiber Artist