“They Shall Be Counted” is a gallery of paintings and drawings by Erich Lichtblau-Leskly. While in Theresienstadt, he artistically depicted ghetto life, creating a moving testament to its residents. Lichtblau-Leskly hid the artwork under the floorboards of his barracks, and was able to retrieve them after liberation. He later reworked his sketches into larger illustrations.
During this opening program, Illinois Holocaust Museum Chief Curator of Collections an Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, will discuss Lichtblau-Leskly’s illustrations, while Holocaust Survivor and toy inventor Ivan Moscovich will touch on how art and imagination can serve as a form of resistance.
A veteran of five concentration camps, including Auschwitz, Moscovich has had a remarkable career inventing puzzles, toys, and games, and is the recipient of a 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented during Chicago Toy & Game Week.
Free with Museum admission.
This exhibition is on loan from Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
Supporting Sponsors: Illinois Arts Council Agency; Golder Family Foundation
Community Partner: Chicago Toy & Game Group