"A People Forgot"

To ensure our community takes all precautions against spread of the coronavirus we will be postponing our April 2nd stage presentation. Please continue to check our website for updates. Our strongest defense is patience and time. Be safe, be well.

Sincerely,

Girl Noticed Executive Director, Lori Pratico

Girl Noticed to honor surviving women of the Holocaust in Broward County, FL

Estimated at 1000, a largely-overlooked chronicle of women from the Holocaust live in Broward County. Girl Noticed will unite multiple generations by recognizing and highlighting this important part of living history through art, communication and various forms of recognition.

Surviving women of the Holocaust have been nominated by their families, friends and local organizations to be noticed. Additional nominations may be submitted online at www.girlnoticed.org/nominate/  From these nominations women are chosen to represent all surviving women of the Holocaust. 

EVENTS

To ensure our community takes all precautions against spread of the coronavirus we will be postponing our April 2nd stage presentation. Please continue to check our website for updates. Our strongest defense is patience and time. Be safe, be well.

Sincerely,

Girl Noticed Executive Director, Lori Pratico

Mural Creation: TBA

Subject to date changes due to the coronavirus. Please continue to check for date changes.

1699 Oakland Park Blvd. Fort Lauderdale FL

A mural will be created with Images of two survivors Adele Besserman and Irene Zisblat along with inspiring words from both. women. Oren Kiriat business owner of Be Well Med Spa owns the building where the mural will be created and has generously donated the space. Oren has been a constant voice of support and encouragement throughout the conception and development of “A People Forgot”. Oren Kiriat said, “This is an opportunity for us to give back to those who gave so much. The sun and moon aligned for us to meet Lori (creator of Girl Noticed), and we are grateful for her work and passion and to be a part of this project.”

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Stage Presentation Preview: Date TBA

Artserve Auditorium 1350 E Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Monologues have been written telling the stories of surviving Holocaust survivors. Youth who are the age the survivors were during the Holocaust will read these monologues. Youth will also recognize the courage and resilience of their mothers and grandmothers who survived the Holocaust. Community youth will be interviewed and asked what the mural represents to them and their responses will be recorded and presented at the stage presentation. The goal is to raise awareness and funds to create a full stage production that can be reproduced by schools and community centers throughout the country.

Suggested donation at the door $10.00

Community Mural Unveiling: TBA

1699 Oakland Park Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Blank wall where mural will be created.
Survivor Adele Besserman in her dance costume after liberation.
Dance would continue to bring her joy through her life.

Why THE HOLOCAUST?

Fewer than 1/2 of Americans know that approximately 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. PEW Research 2020

45% of Americans are unable to name a single concentration camp. Newsweek 2018

22% of Americans between the ages of 18-34 say they have never heard of the Holocaust. The Washington Post 2018

Artist Lori Pratico speaks about her why behind the project. “A People Forgot”

When I was 13 years old I sat in my 7th grade English class and we read a book about the Holocaust called Night by Elie Wiesel. We read it out loud in the classroom. I grew up in a Philadelphia neighborhood that was divided by what Catholic Parish you lived in. I was one of few that was not Catholic, but Protestant, so I went to a Public school where there was a large Jewish population. I have clear and vivid memories of hearing my classmates read that book. I can remember their voices as they read, where I sat and how I felt because in reading that book I had my eyes and heart opened to the horrific acts people are capable of. I also saw what people are capable of surviving. I myself was a tormented soul at 13 and I was struggling in silence with many things. I can remember sitting in that classroom and thinking if they could survive what they did, I can surely survive this. It changed me from a child to a young adult. My hope is to bring about that same kind of change and self awareness to youth today.

Speaking with the survivors.

Over the past months I’ve met and shared time with Broward residents Adele Besserman and Irene Zisblatt, both 90 and both survivors of the Holocaust. I listened for hours as they told me their personal stories. As you would suspect many of them are horrifying and difficult to tell. All of us at some point were moved to tears, but we they also laughed as both women shared with me the things that have brought them joy in life. Their experiences were very different, as I got to know them one thing holds true, they have something to say, they have something they want you to hear, and I’ve made it my mission that they be heard.

It’s hard to say “never forget” when you haven’t ever noticed.

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All donations support "A People Forgot" and its initiatives. Please select as many multiples of $20 you would like to donate. Girl Noticed is a registered 501C3 and all donations are tax deductible.

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