The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust will host a traveling exhibit offering a rare glimpse of a young Czechoslovakian girl on the eve of Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution” intended to rid Europe of Jews. The exhibit, “In Her Father’s Eyes: A Slovak Childhood in the Shadow of the Holocaust”, is the fruit of a unique partnership among the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University, the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Youngstown (Ohio) University. The exhibit will be on display from June 9 until August 25, 2015. Admission is free.
“In Her Father’s Eyes” chronicles the life of Kitty Weichherz, who lived thirteen years before she and her parents were put to death in the Nazi Sobibór concentration camp in Poland. Kitty’s story is captured in words and photographs by her father, Bela, who maintained a meticulous diary of the “mundane and profound” events of his daughter’s life. It spans 1929 to 1942, from the family’s normal, middle-class existence before World War II through the turbulent years during which Slovakia declared its independence from the Czecho-Slovak Republic, succumbed to Nazi pressures after the invasion, and adopted German anti-Jewish policies.