Rose French writes about religious and spiritual matters for the Star Tribune. Before arriving in the Twin Cities this fall, she covered religion for the Associated Press in Tennessee, where she wrote about the Southern Baptists, United Methodists, Gideons and other religious groups and issues.
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A program commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day is being held at the State Capitol this month.
Featuring the Minnesota Holocaust Survivor Portrait Project, the program is scheduled for Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capitol rotunda.
One of the highlighted speakers of the event is Col. Edward Shames, a Jewish WWII veteran featured in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and a liberator of Dachau concentration camp.
The portrait project is by local photographer David Sherman and will be exhibited Jan. 8-18 at the North Corridor of the State Capitol in St. Paul.
“Each portrait in the ‘Transfer of Memory’ exhibit is a story of survival containing luck, determination, devotion and defying exceedingly difficult circumstances,” according to a description of the exhibit, organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC).
“As a collection, these portraits focus on living. These survivors came to Minnesota with hope for a better life. It was here they fashioned their dreams, their futures and their families.”