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NACC to Host Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art Exhibit this October

September 26, 2023

Photo Credit: Alabama Holocaust Education Center. “Riva Schuster Hirsch.” Digital image. Riva Schuster Hirsch Photos & Documents. September 11, 2023.

The Birmingham Holocaust Education Committee and Northeast Alabama Community College are proud to present Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art. This exhibit will be on display at the Northeast Alabama Community College Learning Resources Center beginning October 2 through October 18.

In this sensitive assembly of photography by Becky Seitel and art by Mitzi J. Levin, viewers are provided intimate glimpses into the private memories of twenty Alabama Holocaust survivors. Seitel and Levin spent hours visiting each survivor and listening to their stories. The survivors began with their memories of life before occupation and imprisonment. Their stories continue with their lives in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile and Opelika.

Both artists provide bold, thought-provoking and moving paintings and photographs with text explaining the personal stories behind each piece. Survivor biographies and maps provide an additional historical dimension to the exhibit.

“Through the stories of these Alabama Holocaust survivors, we hope to impart this history, as well as a richer understanding of its impact on these individuals and their families, to a larger audience. View their pictures. Read their stories. Allow this exhibition to move you.” - Becky Seitel, Photographer, and Mitzi J. Levin, Artist Darkness into Life

The exhibit will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 12:00 noon through 5:00 p.m. or on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 noon. Because the exhibit was created for educational purposes, we encourage both individual visits and group tours. For exhibit information contact Mr. Blake Wilhelm at 256-228-6001 ext. 2288 or visit NACC’s website at

“We have been planning the procurement of this exhibit for almost a year now. We hope that our community and our students will take advantage of this opportunity to learn about our fellow Alabamians, these incredible Holocaust survivors,” Dr. Julia Everett, Head Librarian.


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