|“To Bear Witness” takes its name from the words of the late Nobel Prize-winning writer, activist, and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who emphatically proclaimed, “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” And so we present these profiles of survivors of the Nazi Holocaust, genocides in Europe, Africa, and Asia, and unimaginable atrocities of war.
In collaboration with Portland photographer Jim Lommasson, “To Bear Witness” combines poignant imagery with personal testimonies to present the luminous inner lives of survivors. Also on display are five short docu-series films created by video producers in collaboration with NW Documentary. These personal stories focus on the individual humanity of genocide survivors. To know that maybe even some of our own neighbors have survived through humanity’s worst crises and yet are now living peaceful and purposeful lives – this gives us hope at a time when we all need it the most.