CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford High School will feature the exhibition “Letters to Sala - A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps” tonight in conjunction with the CHS Academy student’s performance of the play “Letters to Sala.”
“Letters to Sala – A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps” features high resolution scans of letters from Sala Garncarz, a Holocaust survivor who saved about 350 letters, postcards, photographs, scraps of paper with scribbled notes and other documents during her five years in seven Nazi labor camps. The original copies of the letters are not able to leave the New York Public Library, where they are displayed.
“The touring exhibition of high-resolution scans of the original letters was originally installed in the Wachenheim Gallery of the New York Public Library,” a press release sent by the high school reads. “The exhibition was visited by about 26,000 people in three months. It is truly an engaging story for all ages. This traveling exhibition was inspired by the NYPL installation because the originals could not leave the library.”
Garncarz was liberated in 1945, married a soldier she met in Bavaria and emigrated to New York. She saved her letters for fifty years, revealing their existence to her daughter on the eve of an open-heart surgery in case she did not survive. She did survive though, and is a strong woman in her early-nineties, according to the press release.
The exhibit will be available for audience members to view before and after the performance, which begins at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The display was set up before the school day began so students could view the letters with their teachers.
The students participating in the play were interviewed to discuss their experiences while putting together the production. The video can be viewed above.
Tickets to Cranford High School’s Academy Production of “Letters to Sala” are $5 and may be purchased at the door or online at chs.booktix.com.