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An exhibit at Concordia highlighting survivors of the Holocaust who came to our area

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Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A new, free exhibit at Concordia College casts a light on the scars of the Holocaust.

These more than 40 portraits now placed on the walls of the Cyrus M Running Gallery at Concordia are of your friends and neighbors.

People living in our communities.

But they are all connected by a common experience.

"It's an exhibition about survivors of the Holocaust that came to Minnesota and the Dakotas and they started a new life here,” said Maria Korol, Cyrus M. Running Gallery Director.

Each portrait is accompanied by a true story of survival: their titles signifying a hardship.

'Murdered before my eyes.'

'A lone survivor.'

'Remnants of a lost heritage.'

The exhibit opened today and will remain open until February 11th.

It will become the focal point on campus, on January 27th, International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

That's when a chapel service will be held in the gallery.

"We are going to have a rabbi come and we are going to honor the memory of people,” said Korol.

In addition to encouraging us to remember... the exhibit... sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council Minnesota and the Dakotas... also wants to instill another impression upon the viewer.

“They're showing you their resilience and just the power of human ability to cope with things,” said Korol.

A lasting impression of hope.

The gallery is located on the second floor of the Comstock Theatre building.

It is open from 9 to 4:30 Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 in the afternoon on Sunday.

Drew Trafton

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