An article last week stated that the Holocaust Center’s new exhibit, “OpticVoices: Roots,” features a photograph of Rabbi Jeffrey Myers looking through the bullet hole in a Torah that saved his life. It appears that the artist behind the exhibit believed this to be true, but it is not. The Holocaust Center is making every effort to ensure that this falsehood does not continue to spread, because we are an organization that exists to preserve history and to fight for accuracy at all times lest we fuel denial.
The exhibit includes a photograph of Rabbi Myers looking through a bullet hole in a siddur that was damaged on Oct. 27. The truth is that the desecrated siddur was preserved as a witness to that unspeakable day.
We invite you to visit the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh to engage with “OpticVoices:Roots” to see this evocative photograph for yourselves.
Lauren Apter Bairnsfather,
Holocaust Center director