Opening reception for exhibit of rare photography at Dallas Holocaust Museum

Posted on 05 Sep 2012 at 6:41am

Robert Bielsky

The Dallas Holocaust Museum hosts a new special exhibit of rarely seen photography from World War II, Beyond the Lens: The Photography of Resistance and Liberation. The exhibit features the photography of Faye Schulman, the only known Jewish Partisan photographer.

Join the Museum at 6 p.m. tonight for “A Conversation with Robert Bielski,” the youngest son of the legendary partisan commander, Tuvia Bielski, portrayed by Daniel Craig in the Paramount Vantage film Defiance. Robert Bielski will share the story of his father and his uncles and their successful mission that saved over 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.

Bielski will be joined by Leon Bakst, the only known Dallas resident and surviving participant from the Bielski partisans.

The exhibit, on loan from the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation, features a collection of images that captures the camaraderie, horror and loss, bravery and triumph of tough Partisans — many of whom were Jewish — who fought the Germans and their collaborators.

The exhibit also features photographs and camera equipment used by the late WWII Army Sgt. Richard Cramer of Wylie, Texas, who documented the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

“We were not like lambs going to the slaughter,” Schulman said of her time with the Partisans. “Many fought back — if there was the slightest opportunity — and thousands lost their lives fighting the enemy and working to save lives.”

Born in Poland in 1924, Schulman received a camera from her brother when she was 13. The camera ultimately saved her life when was spared by the Nazis to film their atrocities. She eventually escaped from the Nazis and used her camera to document Jewish Partisan resistance.

DEETS: “A Conversation with Robert Bielski” at Dallas Holocaust Museum, 211 North Record Street, Suite 100. 6 p.m. $20, $10 members.

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