Through Their Eyes is the 4th Student Art Installation at the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange). In each of these installations, we've seen the extraordinary capacity of our children to explore a complex moral issue, come to their own terms with it, and share their personal responses through artistic expression. Their artwork bares it all.
2017 is no different. This Spring, Chhange hosted the exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today. Anne's diary, read by millions worldwide, is an icon for the Holocaust; Anne herself, remains one of the most renowned human accounts of this dark history. Sadly, while the world hoped for "Never Again" after the Holocaust, we find many painful aspects of Anne's experience repeated today. Anne and her family were refugees, fleeing from Germany to the Netherlands. While they experienced short respite there, they, like hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees, were stranded in Europe with no escape from Nazi terror and murder.
Today we witness the plight of refugees worldwide. We are experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. This painful human rights crisis is at our door, on our televisions, and on social media. Our children are witnesses to this crisis. Now they've studied it, come to terms with it, and share their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about it.
It's time for us to see it...Through Their Eyes.