The exhibition The Girls of Room 28 has been created in 2004 in Germany to fulfill the wish of survivors to remember the girls who lived with them in Room 28 and were murdered in the Holocaust. They also wanted to honour those adults in the Ghetto who took care of them and passed on their knowledge, humanity and hope for a better future.
The exhibition was created in complementation of the book which appeared some months before the exhibition was opened in September 2004.
The exhibition illustrates the story of 'The Girls of Room 28' using original documents - a diary, a scrapbook, notebooks, poems, letters, essays, photos, drawings - echoes of young lives, traces of lives lost as well as from those who survived. It has been created to complement the book 'The Girls of Room 28' and let the documents speak for themselves.
The exhibition turned into a touring one. Until today it was displayed an more than 70 places in Germany and abroad.
There is a Czech, a French and an English version and, since 2014, a newly designed Brazilian exhibition realized by Karen Zolko and Dodi Chansky.
The focus of the exhibition is the everyday life of those girls in Theresienstadt between 1942 and 1944, a life that contained the seeds of the impending tragedy. At the same time it reveals the story of a remarkable little community and the power of art, music, friendship and education.
The book and the exhibition is also a tribute o people who became, like Friedl Brandeis, important for the children.
The story of the Girls of Room 28 is closely linked to the Theresienstadt performances of the children opera Brundibar. Some of the girls were part of the cast, Ela Weissberger, née Stein played the role of the cat and sometimes Maria Mühlstein played Aninka. And all of them were among the visitors and knew the songs by heart. The survivors remember the opera as a light in the darkness.
The Kompendium 2016 (German edition) and the English edition Compendium 2017 is created to give an overview of a project which started more than 20 years ago. On more than 100 pages you learn about the beginning, the making of the book and the exhibition, their impact and international reach. The brochure includes exemplary teaching material as well as essays on the educuational value by distinguished experts related to the project.
Watch this film about "As Meninas do Quarto 28" on Globo TV news, 27 September 2017 in Recife.
Compendium 2017. Room 28 Educational Project:
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