Back From the West Coast

OLS Delegation returns from Forbidden Art Premier at UCLA

View photo gallery from Forbidden Art Premier at UCLA

The Forbidden Art exhibition from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (A-BSM) premiered at UCLA on January 17. Orchard Lake Schools Vice-Chancellor Anthony Koterba, Polish Mission Chairman Dr. Stanley Majewski, and Polish Mission Director Marcin Chumiecki traveled as a special delegation to represent Orchard Lake at Forbidden Art’s west coast premier.

We are very pleased and grateful that the Auschwitz museum has agreed to help us bring this exhibit to the United States for the first time, said Chumiecki. This also demonstrates the importance of the Polish Mission at Orchard Lake and its world stature as a ‘living’ repository of Polish heritage, art, and museum collections.

Event guests include Auschwitz Foundation President Jacek Kastelaniec and A-BSM representative Paweł Sawicki, in addition to Polish Consul General Joanna Kozińsk-Frybes, German General Consul Dr. Bernd Fischer, and UCLA Professor of Jewish Studies Dr. Todd Presner.

This will be Koterba’s first business trip as OLS Vice Chancellor. “We’re extremely proud to keep a strong connection to the Auschwitz museum through landmark displays like this,” said Koterba. He continued: “We’re looking forward to discussing new outreach opportunities with the Genera Consul Kozińsk-Frybes.”

An important part of the exhibition is a massive paper scroll on which visitors may sign their names and leave a personal message to A-BSM director Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński. The nearly 100-yard scroll continues to travel with the exhibition and will be presented to Dr. Cywiński at a ceremony in Poland after the exhibition’s close.

The Polish Mission is the exclusive partner with A-BSM to bring Forbidden Art to venues across America. Following the display at UCLA, Forbidden Art will travel to Temple Beth-Sholom in Las Vegas in early February, where a gala premier event will be attended by a high-profile delegation from Poland.