October 7, 1944
Presented by the American Jewish Historical Society in cooperation with Yeshiva University Museum
This installation, commissioned by the American Jewish Historical Society, offers a response by the internationally acclaimed choreographer Jonah Bokaer to an uprising organized by Jewish inmates at Auschwitz in 1944. Organized to mark the 70th anniversary of the revolt, the exhibition pays tribute to the role of four unheralded women who took part in the uprising. Featured is the debut presentation of "Four Women," a dance/film installation by Bokaer inspired by the actions of the four women - Ala Gertner, Róża Robota, Regina Szafirsztajn, Estera Wajcblum - who were ultimately hanged for their involvement in the rebellion. The exhibition also features a series of new graphite drawings by Bokaer, and the film "Study for Occupant" (2012), a work by the artist featuring the same cast of four women, as well as original archival materials from Auschwitz and the National Jewish Welfare Board that reflect on the historic events.