Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females – Tapestries and Sculpture by Linda Stein

Maine Jewish Museum

Sep. 14, 2024 - Nov. 5, 2017

267 Congress Street
Portland, 04101
Phone (207) 239-4774


The three-part exhibition includes: Heroic Tapestries, Spoon to Shell sculptures, and a Protector sculpture. Heroic Tapestries represent different aspects of bravery during the time of the Holocaust: Jew and non-Jew, child and adult, World War II military fighter and ghetto/concentration camp smuggler, record keeper and saboteur. Together they represent the many types of female heroism, with war battle gear and without, during the years of the Holocaust. For her Spoon to Shell sculpture, the artist blended spoon and shell into an amalgam of materials, addressing sexual abuse. Protector includes a Wonder Woman shadow and becomes a symbol for the brave defender.

The key message throughout the exhibition is to explore opportunities people have to resist scapegoating and discrimination, to develop courage to stand up for victims being bullied and to see how bullying is on a continuum from the ordinary to the genocidal. The Holocaust Heroes project demonstrates that while most people are bystanders under conditions of terror, there are always a few who defy a malevolent authority and do what they feel is the right thing. If heroes existed during the Holocaust, then certainly we can increase the propensity for individuals to become more empathetic and compassionate under normal conditions.

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