Faces of Survival: Photographs by Marissa Roth

Exhibition TypeIn-house exhibition
Event DateJune 2018 – June 2019
VenueVancouver Holocaust Education Centre
DescriptionThe Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is proud to present a commissioned portrait series of local Holocaust survivors by Marissa Roth. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Roth is an internationally published, Pulitzer Prize-winning freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer.

The photographs depict survivor volunteers, including both past and present VHEC Outreach Speakers and Board Members, in a distinct and powerful way. The close-up portraits, in particular the eyes of the survivors, evoke pain, loss and suffering. They also express kindness, hope, resilience and the victory of the human spirit. Posthumous portraits of survivors may include the presence of both the survivor and their descendants, and reflect on the intergenerational aspects of Holocaust remembrance and education.

The survivors who are featured in the exhibition are among the last remaining eyewitnesses of the Shoah. As they share their experiences and reflections with students and the general public, the survivors serve as a bridge to places and times in the past, and offer insights with tremendous relevance for the present day.