Holocaust exhibit now open

Holocaust Survivor Ben Midler

A ribbon cutting marked a new exhibit of the stories of local Holocaust survivors at the Rancho San Diego Library on May 21. Curator Sandy Scheller, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, created the exhibit in memory of her mother Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax. She said, “education is the key to accepting and understanding differences.”

In tandem with Jewish American Heritage Month, County officials, Holocaust survivors, and the curator of the RUTH Remember Us exhibit were on hand. The display will remain in the library for one year.

“We are honored and humbled to host this exhibit. A library is an ideal place for our community to engage with history, not only through our collection but through events and exhibits such as this,” said Migell Acosta, County Library Director in a release from the County. “We welcome the public to visit and interact with the information and materials on display and to absorb the lessons of the past.”

The County put $25,000 in Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funding toward helping the Jewish Federation of San Diego pay for the exhibit. The County’s new Arts and Culture Commission played a role in bringing the exhibit to the library.
The commission, created in June 2022, promotes the value and benefits of the arts, cultural equity, access and inclusion.

The exhibit will be on display during the library’s regular business hours. Tours will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursdays or upon request. For more information, contact the Arts and Culture Commission at arts@sdcounty.ca.gov.