Power of Free Spirit / Hebrew MelodyDate/Time
Date(s) - Thursday, October 18
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shenkman Arts Centre
THE POWER OF FREE SPIRIT: THE RESCUE OF THE BULGARIAN JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST -Thursday, October 18, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd, Orleans
Exhibition opening and Reception from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
“Hebrew Melody” Concert – from 7:30 pm
The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ottawa and the ARS Universalis will hold this special event to mark the 75th anniversary of the rescue of Bulgarian Jews from deportation to Nazi death camps. The exhibition “The Power of Civil Society: The Fate of Jews in Bulgaria 1940 – 1944” premiered in November 2008 and by 2012 has been shown 30 times on three continents. It chronicles the resistance by the citizens of Bulgaria, the brave refusal of society to obey the authorities’ plans to send Bulgarian Jews to Nazi concentration camps. It is a message about the power of the free spirit. The exhibition traces the specifics of the Bulgarian case, the determination of Bulgarian civil society to stop a repressive policy. The rescue of Bulgarian Jews is a historical example that shows that through personal and political courage, civic conscience and determination can counteract the most obscurantist policy. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the rescue of Bulgarian Jews and paying tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, the Bulgarian public stands with the world in opposition to xenophobia, anti-Semitism, religious and ethnic prejudices.
The event is in collaboration with B’nai Brith, CIJA, the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, the Wallenberg Citation Initiative, ARTicipate and the Shenkman Arts Centre.
The exhibit presents 21 panels with photographs, facsimiles and text that follows how events developed – on the international stage, the position of the authorities and the response of the Bulgarian public. The Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, Her Excellency Ms. Svetlana Stoycheva-Etropolski, will provide an introduction to the event and the exhibition.
The Concert “Hebrew Melody” will feature the performers: Ralitsa Tcholakova – violin, Amelie Langlois – piano, Floralove Katz – vocals, Natasha Guiller – piano. The Program will include music by the Jewish composers Ernst Bloch, Josef Achron, John Williams, Srul Irving Glick, Pantcho Vladiguerov & Yiddish Songs of the Holocaust, of Hope, and Peace.