The Belz Museum will be closed Easter Sunday and will reopen Tuesday, April 7 10am-5:30pm.
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The Belz Museum Gives History a Face: Opening of the Holocaust Memorial Gallery
Holocaust Memorial Gallery
The years between 1933 and 1945 witnessed the systematic torture and annihilation of over ten million people under Nazi Germany and its collaborators across Europe and Asia. An estimated six million of those murdered were Jews, including over one million children. These twelve years of mass imprisonment and slaughter reduced the pre-World War II Jewish population of nine million by two-thirds. Hitler’s attempt at complete genocide is known as the Holocaust.
In order to successfully exterminate the Jews and other “undesirables,” such as disabled citizens, homosexuals, the Romani and other ethnic minorities, prisoners of war, and any opponents to Nazi law, Hitler required an elaborate network of facilities. Strategically located ghettos and concentration camps were placed throughout Germany and Nazi controlled Europe. These camps were used for internment, transfer, labor, POWs, and extermination, among other purposes. Most Jews perished within the camps, but the fortunate few who lived share harrowing tales of betrayal, loss, grief, faith, luck, strength, endurance, and survival.
The Belz Museum’s new Holocaust Memorial Gallery gives visitors a rare opportunity to come face to face with Jewish survivors of the Holocaust via portraits and testimonials from the “Living On” exhibit. The photographer worked with the Tennessee Holocaust Commission to give voice to the survivors, refugees, and liberators now living in Tennessee. These faces reveal not only their own stories, but the stories of loved ones who did not survive to be heard. Other displays in the gallery: Jewish ghetto currency, photographs of Jews in concentration camps, sculptures and artwork, World War II information panels and timeline, and other personal memorabilia work in conjunction to provide insight about the willful cruelty and ignorance Jews faced during this dark period in time.
The gallery’s purpose is not to memorialize the Holocaust as a whole tragedy, but rather to share with visitors the personal tragedies and experiences of these individuals, which ultimately define the Holocaust. One day, these witnesses will no longer be available to share their first-hand knowledge with the rest of the world. The Holocaust Memorial Gallery has been created to connect all generations; for each successive generation will face the responsibility of bearing witness. While individual experiences may seem insignificant to the greater world, human beings seek connection and understanding; thus shared struggles lead to the discovery that what haunts one haunts us all. However, not forgetting the ghosts of the past can also give the world hope. With this in mind, the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art wishes to show its support for all the Holocaust survivors and refugees, and their families, around the world.
WORLD WAR II TIMELINE.pdf
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We would love to help make Asian and Jewish art and culture something special for your students!
Guided tours for students:
Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more students in 1st through 12th grade, Tuesdays through Fridays. Groups must be accompanied by at least one adult chaperone for every 12 students.
Due to space limitations, only 25 students will be assigned to a docent and permitted in the galleries at one time. Advanced reservations are required.
Trained docents will lead students on a 45 minute guided tour of the permanent collection. Not only will students study art appreciation, they will also be introduced to the folklore and symbolism of China. A hands-on activity or gallery hunt will be offered to qualified groups (size and age range of the group will determine availability).
Allow at least one hour for tour and activity.
Tours can be tailored to fit individual class needs. When scheduling a tour, please mention your students’ background on Jewish or Chinese art, history or language.
If interested in incorporating the Judaic gallery to learn about Jewish culture, please mention this to a staff member during reservation!
Tour Guides and Operators
The Belz Museum is always happy to have tour groups of all sizes visit.
Adult and student group tours are available
Tues.- Fri. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reservations required a week in advance.
Group rates available for groups of 10 or more.
Tour and Chinese box lunch: $12.00
The Emperor's Lunch is designed for 10 - 80 people, seated in the Dynasty Room. Reservations should be made no later than one week before desired date.
- Teachers are welcome to book an Emperor's Lunch for their students. -
Please allow 1 hour and a half up to 2 hours for the Emperor's Lunch.
Call or email the museum for a Reservation Packet with menu options.
phone: (901) 523-2787 email@example.com
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