Mizel Museum's "Community Narratives Project" Adds New Collection, "The Yar Project"

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June 23 Reception Will Honor Remarkable Stories of Survival During the Holocaust

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Working on these stories has been a true honor. Being able to translate the depth of these stories and such incredible courage into this storytelling medium was both challenging and inspirational.

The launch of The Yar Project, the latest addition of digital stories to Mizel Museum’s Community Narratives Project, will take place at a free reception honoring the storytellers Sunday, June 23, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the main dining room at Allied Jewish Apartments, 22 S. Adams Street, Denver. The event is co-hosted by the Mizel Museum and Allied Jewish Apartments.

The public is invited to meet some of the contributors and hear their remarkable stories of survival during the Holocaust. The storytellers are survivors from The Pale of Settlement; Babi Yar, Ukraine, the location of a notorious massacre in a ravine where 33,771 Jews were murdered in a single operation; the Minsk Ghetto; Vitebsk; and a work camp in Yugoslavia.

Four of the fifteen storytellers currently live at Allied Jewish Apartments (AJA). They survived massacres in the Ukraine and Belarus, where the Nazis slaughtered hundreds of thousands of men, women and children during World War II. The Yar Project stories are compelling and emotionally engaging short audio pieces that capture the profound essence of the storyteller’s experiences of lives toppled, the loss of loved ones, the kindness of strangers, and childhoods destroyed.

"Working on these stories has been a true honor," said Deanne Kapnik, director of the Community Narratives Project. "Being able to translate the depth of these stories and such incredible courage into this storytelling medium was both challenging and inspirational."

The Community Narratives Project is a collection of digital stories that present the multi-faceted nature of the Jewish people. The ongoing project is created through a unique collaboration between the Mizel Museum and members of Denver communities. Stories can be viewed at http://www.communitynarrativesproject.org.

About the Mizel Museum
The Mizel Museum is a portal to the contemporary Jewish experience. Exhibits, events and educational programs offer interactive experiences that promote community, understanding and multiculturalism. The museum is located at 400 S. Kearney Street, Denver, where visitors can tour the permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, a dynamic journey through art, artifacts and digital media that narrates and illuminates Jewish history and culture. For more information visit http://www.mizelmuseum.org or call 303-394-9993.

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