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Professor Anne Dutlinger to Explain How Holocaust Prisoners Used Art as a Strategy for Survival

Illustrated Talk to Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Week

Due to inclement weather this event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 16th.

Bethlehem, Pa., January 21, 2011—Moravian will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Week with a multimedia presentation by Anne Dutlinger, associate professor of art at Moravian College, that will focus on art, music, and education as “strategies for survival” that were used by a group during the Holocaust. The program will be held on Wednesday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in the UBC Room of the Haupert Union Building. It is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

The focus of this talk will be on the community of artists and educators who were imprisoned at Theresienstadt/Terezin from 1941-45. The talk, which is free of charge and open to the public. Historians describe Theresienstadt/Terezín as an anomaly among the Nazi concentration, labor, and death camps due to the privileged status and because of the variety of art produced there. Art, music, theater, poetry, and education were neither sanctioned nor encouraged in genocide centers such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, prisoners did create artwork there.

Anne Dutlinger will explore the interrelationship between art, activism, spirituality, and community. The use of art therapy as a form of individual resistance will also be explored. A wide variety of artwork will be shown throughout the talk. In 2000, Dutlinger edited, designed, and published the book, The Arts as a Strategy for Survival: Theresienstadt 1941-45, published by Herodias, Inc. The book developed as a result of the symposium and exhibition which Dutlinger organized at Moravian College in 2000. Participants in the symposium included Holocaust scholars, therapists and survivors of Theresienstadt. Dutlinger has spoken on Theresienstadt and Holocaust art at various symposia and conferences and was scholar-in-residence at the Center for Advanced Study of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in August 2001.

For more information, please contact the Moravian College Art Department at 610-861-1680. Please note that Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event sponsor at 610-861-1680, at least one week prior to the event.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.