Lonka Project Exhibition in Safra Square
The Lonka Project is an educational-artistic photography project that embraces the world and pays homage to the last Holocaust survivors.
Over the past two years, more than 270 of the world's leading photographers in 36 countries have donated their talents, capturing not only the human spirit and vitality of their subjects, but they have perpetuated the memory of tomorrow's generations who will not know Holocaust survivors.
For the survivors participating in the venture, who opened their homes and hearts to the photographers, the Lonka project carries a global message of tolerance, humanity and compassion, in a world that has not been rid of anti-Semitism and ethnic hatred.
It is also not possible in thousands of photographs to express the suffering and evil that the survivors owed, these cross the limits of the ability of photography and art in general. The survivors, who came from different countries and cultures, reflect the diversity that exists in the Jewish people. While they share a memory of loss and pain that shaped their lives, the intensities revealed on their return to life are a human masterpiece and we present it.
Holocaust survivors are the ones who play a key role in preserving memory, but we photographers have a duty to illuminate them with a last spotlight because time cannot be defeated.
The Lonka Project is named after Dr. Eleonora Ness, Lonka was born in Poland in 1926. As a young girl she survived five concentration and extermination camps, Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Raghun, Bergen-Belsen and Terezin. In 2018, Lonka passed away in Israel, which she loved so much.
The exhibition will be displayed in Safra Square and the Municipal Gallery for about two months