THE BOOK OF JOSEPH: GIVING VOICE TO THE HOLLANDER FAMILY AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF MARYLAND
On Display April 22 – June 3, 2018
A companion exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Maryland featuring original Hollander family letters and artifacts central to the story of The Book of Joseph.
It began with a suitcase…
A chance discovery of a suitcase in an attic filled with letters written in a foreign language and stamped with swastikas led Richard Hollander on a journey to uncover his family’s history. Unbeknownst to Richard, while his father had fled Poland prior to World War II, the rest of his family was trapped. The letters, written in German and Polish, document the increasing danger that the family faced as they struggled to stay together and to find refuge in another country. They also shed light on his father’s difficult experiences gaining asylum in the US once he arrived in New York. The extensive correspondence that he unearthed tell a remarkable—and ultimately tragic—story of one family’s resilience and love for one another set against the turbulent backdrop of the Holocaust and World War II.
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