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On the Edge of the Abyss: Drawings as Eyewitness Testimony


Exhibition TypeTravelling exhibition
Event DateFebruary 3, 1997–May 1, 1997
VenueVancouver Holocaust Education Centre
DescriptionOf all the eloquent and powerful survivor accounts that exist, those done in visual formdrawings or paintingsrepresent a unique category of Holocaust eyewitness testimony, unmatched in their direct communication of emotions and events. On the Edge of the Abyss features a collection of these visual testimonies in the form of ninety-three drawings by Holocaust survivor Ella Liebermann-Shiber. Completed after liberation and during a period of recovery and re-entry, Liebermann-Shiber’s drawings seek to document and respond to the experiences of the Holocaust from an outside perspective: documenting and commenting on events as an observer rather than as a participant in the action.