Beyond Anne Frank: The Case of Kitty Weichherz.
Tue, April 6, 2010 • 7:00 PM • Texas Hillel, 2105 San Antonio St.
A lecture by Professor Daniel H. Magilow,University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Born the same year as Anne Frank, a Czechoslovakian girl named Kitty Weichherz and her parents were deported to Auschwitz in 1942. Thirteen year-old Kitty and her immediate family did not survive, but a detailed and loving diary kept by Kitty's father remained safe with her aunt. Kitty's story provides a powerful and poignant document of daily life in Europe on the eve of Hitler's Final Solution and the basis of In Her Father's Eyes Exhibit.
"In Her Father's Eyes: A Slovak Childhood in the Shadow of the Holocaust" is a moving tale about Jewish life and a father's profound love for his only child. The exhibition is based on the diary of Béla Weicherz, in which he documents the life of his only daughter, Kitty, in prewar Czechoslovakia. Started as a baby book before her birth in 1929, the journal contains frequent entries about the ups and downs of Kitty's childhood, often written in vivid detail. Weicherz included photographs, developmental charts, and Kitty's own drawings to enhance the text, all featured in the exhibition. The journal entries stop in early spring 1942, just days before the family's deportation to a Nazi death camp. By bridging prewar and wartime periods, the diary also provides a rich context for understanding the history from which the Holocaust emerged.
This traveling exhibit will reside at Texas Hillel for a week