Holocaust Museum Los Angeles presents the debut of “Recalling a Lost World: David Labkovski Brings the Stories of Sholem Aleichem to Life,” a new virtual exhibit that features Labkovski’s illustrations inspired by the stories of the Yiddish author and playwright Aleichem.
The exhibit will launch with a virtual opening event on Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. with participants from the museum and Labkovski Project, as well as the consuls general of Israel and Lithuania. The virtual exhibit, the museum’s first of its kind, runs through December.
Aleichem (1859-1916), a writer who is often referred to as the “Jewish Mark Twain,” wrote stories portraying daily Jewish life in late 19th and early 20th century Central and Eastern Europe. Aleichem’s tales of Tevye the Dairyman were the basis for the Tony award-winning musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” which debuted in 1964.
Labkovski (1906-1991) used oils, pencils and watercolor to capture Aleichem’s stories. Born in Lithuania and subsequently interred in a Siberian Gulag, he returned to his hometown after World War II to find a city and a Jewish community decimated by the war. Labkovski, wanting to commemorate the world that existed before the Nazis, looked to Aleichem as his muse. Although the two men never met, in capturing the stories and characters of Aleichem, Labkovski also captured his own childhood.
The opening event will feature a discussion with Consul General of Israel Hillel Newman; Acting Consul General of Lithuania Agne Gureviciene; Leora Raikin, executive director of the David Labkovski Project; Stephanie Wolfson, director of education and curation for the David Labkovski Project, and Michele Gold, board chair of Holocaust Museum LA.
A $10 donation is suggested the opening event. For information, visit holocaustmuseumla.org.
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