Basilica of Saint Mary hosts exhibit honoring Minnesotan Holocaust survivors

- An exhibit on display at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, is helping Minnesota remember the dark history of the Holocaust. 

The "Transfer of Memory" exhibit features portraits of Holocaust survivors with ties to Minnesota. The project started in 2010 in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council. It has since traveled to more than 50 locations across the Upper Midwest. 

For the first time, the exhibit is on display at the Basilica, where you can see it through March 11. 

Reva Kibort is featured in one of the photographs with her husband, Ben, who also survived the Holocaust. 

“Things do repeat themselves you know, and this can never happen again,” Kibort said. 

As a young child, Kibort survived the Warsaw Ghetto and two labor camps, before coming to Minnesota after liberation. 

“When I was a little girl in Poland, I wasn't that welcome in churches," Kibort said. "And it is quite a thing, we have come a long, long way, and it's a beautiful thing, that this is happening." 

The exhibit has 44 portraits, featuring 52 survivors. More than 20 have died since the project began. 

“I only wish this could have happened many, many years ago. We would be able to talk to one another, and learn about one another, about each other's religions. And maybe things would have been different then,” Kibort said. 

The public is invited to a special opening event on Sunday, February 11, starting at 1 pm. Kibort will share her story and take questions. 

To learn more about the exhibit, click here.

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