Holocaust exhibits link faces, horrors (Cleveland)

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First you see the faces of Holocaust survivors in stark photographs. They set the stage for the horrors to come, displayed in blunt but richly textured wall hangings at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

"Sometimes — I don't know if it's right or wrong — I feel guilty myself that I survived," said Polish-born Sylvia Malcmacher, 80, one of the subjects in a black-and-white photo by Herbert Ascherman Jr. She lost her parents and both sisters in the Holocaust.

Still, she said, "I'm thankful. I can talk about them. Otherwise, no one would even mention their names."

The side-by-side exhibits — "Threads of Remembrance: Artistic Visions of the Holocaust" — open Wednesday and continue through Feb. 18 at the museum in the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood.

Visitors will first see "50 Faces" — a corridor exhibit of Ascherman's photographs of people, all from the Cleveland area, who are Holocaust survivors, former prisoners of war and soldiers who liberated the death camps.

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