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9/15/2016 Member News
North American premiere of Matzevot for Everyday Use Photographs by Lukasz Baksik

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North American premiere of Matzevot for Everyday Use Photographs by Lukasz Baksik

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Exhibition opens on October 15, 2016 at The Florida Holocaust Museum


September 15, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] -- The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to present the North American premiere of Matzevot for Everyday Use by Lukasz Baksik. This exhibition will feature photographs taken in Poland by Polish photographer Lukasz Baksik to document the ways in which Jewish gravestones have been stolen and re-appropriated. The matzevot are now parts of fences, pavements, and grindstones. Even today, the matzevot continue to be used in cases where ordinary stone, of which there is no shortage, could be used.

The photographer wished to illuminate the lengths that "people have gone to wipe out traces of Jewish culture" and to start a dialogue about how people can live in the midst of relics of antisemitism, ignoring their shared history with a community that is no longer there. The showing of Matzevot for Everyday Use at The Florida Holocaust Museum will be the North American premiere of the exhibition.

The opening reception will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. and is free to members of The Florida Holocaust Museum and $9 per person for guests. Attendees will meet with the photographer Lukasz Baksik and enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres. Please RSVP by calling 727.820.0100, extension 271.

Matzevot for Everyday Use by Lukasz Baksik opens to the public on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at The Florida Holocaust Museum. The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

For additional Matzevot for Everyday Use exhibition information, please visit:
The FHM's Official Exhibition Page

This exhibition was made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Gemunder Family Foundation, with additional support from the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

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The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.