“We have hundreds of thousands of young people coming through this museum, and this exhibit will resonate directly with all of them. Our museum speaks to empowering young people to stand up and find their voice, especially in the face of adversity, persecution and maltreatment.” – Liebe Geft, Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance
VEDEM: THE UNDERGROUND MAGAZINE OF THE TEREZIN GHETTO is an art exhibit that deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of the teenage Jewish creators of the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Using a combination of pop-art graphics, archival photographs and cartoons, and the prose and poetry of teenage boy prisoners in Czechoslovakia’s Terezin Ghetto, VEDEM: THE UNDERGROUND MAGAZINE OF THE TEREZIN GHETTO breaks down the 83 weekly issues totaling the 800 pages of Vedem (“In The Lead” in Czech), then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine.
Through the exhibit, Vedem, which was produced from 1942-44, is recreated as the original ‘zine, complete with “Masthead,” “Mission,” “Newsroom,” “Printing Press” and “Circulation” sections as well as panels dedicated to subject matter such as “Columns,” “Features,” “Humor” and “News and Editorial” panels. VEDEM: THE UNDERGROUND MAGAZINE OF THE TEREZIN GHETTO enlarges the intimate scale of the original publication while mixing and matching works of art with poetry and prose to create a collage in which Vedem is reinterpreted as a work of rebellion and social commentary that remains as relevant today as it did more than 70 years ago.
The Exhibit is being shown at some of the U.S.’s other most renowned museums dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and tolerance. It features more than 200 linear feet of cartoons, illustrations, and editorial reproductions of the magazine’s content. The exhibit’s 111 items include dynamic wall panels, vinyls, a ceiling banner and videos. The exhibit also includes high quality facsimile of artifacts, ephemera, and the 800 pages of the original Vedem magazine.