Faces of Survival: Photographs by Marissa Roth


Exhibition TypeIn-house exhibition
Event DateJune 2018–August 16, 2019
VenueVancouver Holocaust Education Centre
DescriptionFor Faces of Survival, the VHEC commissioned 40 portraits of local Holocaust survivors, VHEC volunteers and survivor speakers, both past and present. Photographer Marissa Roth is an internationally published, Pulitzer Prize-winning freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer.

The photographs depict survivors 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.