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Dora: Discovery and Despair
January 13, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book(s) Being Signed: Discovery and Despair: The Dimensions of Dora
Author’s Name(s): Alvin Gilens
Sponsored / Hosted by: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Venue web link: http://www.lamoth.org/
Address: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
100 S. The Grove Dr.
Los Angeles, California 90036
Venue City: Los Angeles
Event Location: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust – LA #100S The Grove
City: Los Angeles
Event Website: https://lamoth.ticketleap.com/dora/dates/Jan-13-2019_at_0300PM
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust presents the Los Angeles debut of the moving exhibit “Dora: Discovery and Despair,” the chronicle of the little-known slave labor camp in Germany. The exhibit opens Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, and runs until April 5, 2019. It will include artifacts on exhibit for the last time in the U.S. before returning to their permanent home at the Mittlebau-Dora Museum in Germany.
In 1943 the Nazis brought prisoners from Buchenwald to the southern Harz mountainside near Nordhausen, Germany, to begin back-breaking construction of what would become the world’s largest underground factory. Mittlebau-Dora became the model for several secret and unrealistic underground industrial complexes that the Nazi leadership planned in reaction to the Anglo-American Strategic bombing offensive. Sixty thousand prisoners labored to build the V-1 and V-2 missiles; over one-third of them perished.
Dynamited and sealed after the war, the site of the factory was inaccessible until after Germany’s reunification in 1990.
In 1994 Alvin Gilens, a veteran photographer of Holocaust memorials and sites, was invited by Mittlebau-Dora to document the remains of the camp and factory. The exhibition of his interpretive photographs opened in 1995 at the Meyenberg Museum in Nordhausen, Germany, on the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the camp.
The traveling exhibit includes Gilens’ original photographs as well as artifacts unearthed from the tunnels.
The exhibit will open with a special event Sunday, Jan. 13, from 3-6 p.m. at the museum. Speakers will include Alvin Gilens; Beth Kean, executive director of the Museum; and Irwin Field, Jewish community leader and former publisher of the “Jewish Journal.” Admission is free, but a reservation is required at:
Copies of Gilens’ book, “Discovery and Despair: The Dimensions of Dora,” will be available for purchase and he will sign.