ATLANTA, GA - The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust has launched a new travelling exhibition titled “Fashioning a Nation: German Identity and Industry, 1914-1945." The exhibition opened at the Goethe-Zentrum in Atlanta where it will remain on display on the Plaza Level of Colony Square Mall until January 23, 2017, when the exhibit will be moved to the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust's permanent exhibit Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945 in Sandy Springs.
"Fashioning a Nation: German Identity and Industry, 1914-1945" explores the powerful history of the German fashion industry from its international impact to its destruction by the Nazi regime. It honors the legacy of the Jewish Germans who contributed to its rise and commemorates the great cultural and economic loss of its demise.
Beginning in the late 19th century, contributions made by Jewish Germans in the realm of business, design, photography, and journalism were integral to the success of the German fashion industry. There was no German fashion without Jewish Germans. The exhibition uses fashion as a lens to not only examine a particular period of history but to study German identity and industry. More information about the people, clothing, and historical events featured in the exhibition is available on the corresponding site page, www.holocaust.georgia.gov/fashion.
The opening program on January 9, 2017, was hosted in cooperation with Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta and included a panel discussion moderated by Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, Sally N. Levine. The panelists were:
- Dina Gold – Granddaughter of Herbert Wolff who owned the H. Wolff fur company, one of the most successful international businesses in Germany and author of the book Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin
- Uwe Westphal – Berlin-based journalist and author of Ehrenfried & Cohn - Goodbye Berlin: The Last Fashion Show
- Christopher Charlton – Grandson of the owner of the S. Adam clothing store in Berlin
- Sarah Phillips Collins – Professor and Associate Chair of Fashion at Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta
Beginning in May 2017, the exhibit will be available for loan to communities and schools throughout Georgia. To learn more about the exhibit or to submit a booking request, please click here.