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Absence of Humanity Exhibit - The Breman Museum


This permanent exhibition presents a detailed history of the events that led up to the Holocaust, the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II, and those events that took place in its wake. In this highly informative Holocaust museum exhibition, the narrative of this dark time in human history is put forth in the voices of those who survived and made new lives in Atlanta. Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years, 1933-1945 was designed by local architect and Holocaust survivor Ben Hirsch, and features historic photographs, personal memorabilia, family documents, and videotaped interviews with Atlanta-area survivors.

Holocaust Gallery Video Introduction



  • “I loved the way this exhibition focused on the richness of Jewish life before and after the Holocaust, and not just on the atrocities of the war years.”

    R. Paige K. Visiting Graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America 
  • “I have been to many Holocaust museums, both in and out of this country, and I love how The Breman tells the story we've all heard through the eyes and lives of Atlanta Area Survivors. ”

    Kevin Madrid, Atlanta Resident
  • “Seeing this exhibition and hearing one of the Survivor speakers really made the history come alive for me in a way that our classroom instruction couldn't. It was so cool!”

    Abbie Reid, Sixth Grade Student


Experience the years 1933-1945 through the stories and mementos of Atlanta area Holocaust Survivors as presented in Absence of Humanity. For more information on our group rates and scheduling your visit, please visit the Group Tours Page.

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer at jreid@thebreman.org or (404) 870-1632.


  • April 23rd, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Yom HaShoah

    52nd Annual Community-Wide Commemoration

  • May 7th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Eugen Schoenfeld (Czechoslovakia): Remarkable Stories from the Holocaust

    Brutalized by Nazis, beaten and humiliated, Eugen survived the Holocaust in the notorious camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau. Yet after the war, when given the chance to kill one of the most brutal guards, he refused. What powers led Eugen to give up hostility to his enemies? The former Chair of the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University, Eugen will reflect on this question and other aspects of rebuilding life from the brink of destruction.

  • September 10th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Miriam Fishkin: Remarkable Stories from the Holocaust

    When she was ten, Miriam and her family were forced from their home by the Russian secret police who controlled the region, and sent to Siberia. There, despite the relentless hard work and bitterly cold weather, she survived the war.

  • October 15th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Henry (Hank) Lewin: Remarkable Stories from the Holocaust

    Hank tells the story of his parents, Nora and Joel Lewin who were married in Kovno, Lithuania, and endured separation and several concentration camps to survive the Holocaust. He remembers Gideon, a brother he never knew who was killed in Auschwitz at the age of two.

  • November 12th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Bebe Forehand: Remarkable Stories from the Holocaust

    Like Anne Frank, Bebe Forehand was hidden away from the Nazis in an attic. A family friend brought food, books and materials to read during the hours while they were in hiding. As a result, her mother, father, grandfather and brother were all able to survive the Holocaust.

  • December 10th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Andre Kessler: Remarkable Stories from the Holocaust

    Andre and his mother were saved by the kind-hearted superintendent of the building within which they were hiding who risked his life bringing them food and concealing their presence from the authorities. After the Holocaust, they moved to the United States Andre was drafted by the NBA to play for the Philadelphia Warriors where he had the privilege of rooming with Wilt Chamberlain.

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