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2007 Temporary Exhibits

Auschwitz: the Eva Brewster Story

Pat Grayston Polska, Krain Przodkow

The  Vanishing Landscape

for details, contact Curator Wendy Aitkens

2006 Temporary Exhibits

Curriculum coordinated school programs

Wendy Aitkens, Curator
Tel: [403] 320.3907
Email: wendy.aitkens[at]

To book a tour or a class visit contact Belinda Crowson: 403.320-4248 |


In celebration of Hitler's birthday, 1000 young Jews were transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on April 20, 1943.

21-year old Eva Brewster, her husband, baby daughter and mother were among that transport. Her husband and baby daughter, along with 991 others, did not survive... they were among the estimated 1.5 million people who died at Auschwitz-Birkenau between 1940 and 1945.

Settling in southern Alberta after the war, Eva's life became dedicated to exposing the horrors of the Shoah [the Holocaust] that it might not ever happen again. Her award-winning book, Vanished in Darkness, and this exhibit continue that promise.

Progeny of Light/Vanished in Darkness is available at the Museum Store. Click on the book cover for details.

THU JAN 25.07 | 7:00 pm | sponsored by

  The Museum Store carries this book. Click for details.

Alberta Mavericks: Eva Brewster (8:37)
April 9, 2008: Michale Lang, Curator for the Whyte Museum in Banff, brings us the story of a true hero - the remarkable life of the late Eva Brewster. Every Wednesday Michale digs up Alberta's rich historic past with the story of a true Alberta Maverick for the CBC Radio One program Wild Rose Country.

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Adult admission $5.00




Inquiries on booking this exhibit should be directed to Galt Museum Curator Wendy Aitkens at 403.320-3907 or by email.


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Program Schedule>>

Museum Free Day

Sat JAN 27 | 10:00-4:30

UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Free admission all day | talks and book signings

Sygmund Sobolewski on Auschwitz - The Other Victims

11:00 - 12:00

Sygmund Sobolewski was a 17 year old Polish Roman Catholic who was sent to Auschwitz, as a political prisoner, on June 14, 1940, the day the camp opened.

He survived 4 ½ years of horror in the German death camp. Sygmund watched as other political prisoners, Roma gypsies, homosexuals, common criminals, Russian prisoners of war and over a million Jewish people were forced into hard labour or systemically exterminated.

Mr. Sobolewski will talk about these other victims, as well as young Germans who were sentenced to 57 days labour at Auschwitz in an effort to "re-educate" them.

Unfortunately, Prisoner 88: The Man in Stripes, a biography of his life as an Auschwitz survivor written by R. D. Tanenbaum, is now out of print.

Chava Rosenfarb Book Signing

1:00 - 3:00

The Tree of Life: A Trilogy of Life in the Lodz Ghetto*

Author Chava Rosenfarb is a survivor of the Shoah [Holocaust] who has published poetry, prose, and drama in both English and Yiddish.

The Tree of Life won the 1979 Itsik Manger Prize, the world's highest Yiddish literature honour. She now resides in Lethbridge.

*Available for purchase in the Museum Store

Also see Wed MAR 14 | 7:00 pm
Surviving the Holocaust: A discussion of Chava Rosenfarb’s Short Stories

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In the news

Lethbridge Herald archives on Eva Brewster

Holocaust denier sent to jail in Germany

USHMM 2006 International Holocaust Remembrance Day

USHMM to Project Wall-Sized Images of Genocide in Darfur

Museum Provides Detail From Nazi Archive The Associated Press -

Holocaust survivor tells students about concentration camp horrors (Lethbridge Herald, Mar 5.08)

Museum of memories a must-see

Contemporary Jewish Museum opens June 8.08 in San Francisco

Berlin's Jewish Museum retraces artwork looted by Nazis

Holocaust refugee museum opens in Italy Jan 15.09

A New Memorial at Bergen-Belsen Jan 22.09

Holocaust museum chronicles WWII Nazi propaganda Feb 6.09

A Lifetime’s Collection of Texts in Hebrew, at Sotheby’s Feb 12.09


Related Exhibition


Auschwitz: The Eva Brewster Story
JAN 29 to APR 27: Grades 4 and up | 90 minutes | $40/class
Free bussing for Lethbridge schools | Teacher's manual available

The program will use Eva's story and other biographies to examine the realities of the Shoah and will relate these events to current world affairs. Topics discussed during the program may include:

  • the role and responsibility of countries, individuals and organizations when confronted with human rights violations,
  • racism, stereotypes, prejudice and anti-Semitism
  • the value of diversity and society's role in protecting and supporting minority groups and
  • the dangers of remaining silent and indifferent in the face of oppression and the ways one person's voice can be heard

Guided Tours of Auschwitz: The Eva Brewster Story or of the permanent exhibit are available for groups.

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The Curator Presents

Thu FEB 15 | 7:00 - 9:00

Legacy of Auschwitz:
Dr. Paul Viminitz

admission fees apply [incl. access to the exhibit] | free to pass holders

details >>

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Photography, artifacts and audio/visual materials for the exhibit were sourced from

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, USA

Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, Canada

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, Oswiecim, Poland

KCET|BBC Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

interview from the archive of University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

Additional sites of interest:

Sygmund Sobolewski: Prisoner 88

Vanoucver Holocaust Education Centre


In the news con't

Illinois Holocaust Museum opens Apr 2.09

Museum opens high-tech gallery on recent genocides, May 23.09

Anniversary of Auschwitz Uprising passes with little notice Oct 11.09

Auschwitz Sign Stolen, CBS Evening News Dec 18.09

Police recover stolen Auschwitz sign AFP, Dec 21.09

Poland: Sign Stolen From Auschwitz Is Returned, AP, Jan 21.10

Documents of Auschwitz death camp doctors found, AP, Mar 22.10

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