Watch the Passover story, retold through modern-day refugees and descendants in a “show and tell” of precious objects they carry with them on their journey to freedom.
We’ve partnered with Citizen Film to explore connections between the ancient Jewish people’s escape from Egypt and their journey through the desert, and the experience of modern-day refugees and their descendants. Listen to people tell their story and hear how they preserve memories and traditions of their past while building a future together in California.
While all the stories below tell a modern version of the Passover story, the objects and stories of Richard, Elizabeth, Gerda, Kurt, Luke and Sarah, also share a special significance with Yom Hashoah, the Jewish holiday honoring those people who perished in the Holocaust. Learn more about Yom Hashoah and the opportunities to honor Holocaust victims and survivors that we have available to our community from April 6 – 9 this year along with other ongoing resources.
BATINAH’S SILVER KEYCHAIN
GERDA PHILIPSBORN’S SONG
SHAHEER’S AFGHAN SUIT
KURT REINER’S DIAGRAMS
RICHARD BUXBAUM’S BOWL
MADIHAH’S 50 RUPEE NOTE
ZANDER’S MAGIC SHOES
ELIZABETH ROSNER’S SUITCASE
Using our video haggadah and discussion guide below, bring these stories to your seder table and imagine what objects you would carry with you if you were forced to flee your home.
This project is supported in part by awards from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
What We Carry with Us is produced in association with Mapping Diasporas, a research and teaching project supported by Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley and led by Prof. Francesco Spagnolo, Curator of UC Berkeley’s Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.
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