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Emil Singer


Try All What Is Possible: How Emil Singer’s Art Saved Lives

Exhibit Opening January 23, 2020

We’re incredibly excited about our next exhibit at the Michael Klahr Center.  Artist Henry Isaacs curates the story of his father, Reginald Isaacs, and his mother’s cousin, Emil Singer, who together rescued Jews from Austria after the Nazi annexation, paying for their escapes with the sale of Emil’s prints until Emil himself, who refused to seek safety when others might still be saved, was murdered in the Holocaust. Henry has spent many years tracking down the original prints that literally saved the lives of many relatives and offers a powerful exhibit of rescue through art. The exhibit opens with a special event on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Come meet Henry and get a sneak preview of the exhibit!

the pendulum


The Pendulum by Julie Lindahl Book Talk

March 25th from 5:30pm-6:30pm

Interested in reading and discussing important Holocaust history in community with other HHRC members? We invite you to sign up to read this riveting book and then join us at the Michael Klahr Center with a live webinar conversation with the author and new friends day and neighbors.

HHRC In The News

Courier-Gazette: Sheriff says he became a cop in response to bullies

By HHRC | November 7, 2019

Trafton recently took part in a panel discussion on domestic violence along with four survivors of abuse at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine in Augusta. The event was in conjunction with the “Finding Our Voices: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Abuse” exhibit on display at the HHRC though Dec. 13, which was…

The Telegraph: ‘You cannot be in a relationship with someone who makes you afraid, but I didn’t know how to leave Don McLean’

By HHRC | October 30, 2019

Patrisha, 60, is adamant that these stories – like her own abusive relationship with American Pie singer Don – are no longer overlooked. It is for that reason that she has created Finding Our Voices, an exhibition featuring women who, for too long,… Read more on The Telegraph In Maine, a celebrity domestic violence case continues to send out ripples

By HHRC | October 21, 2019

Patrisha McLean has reinvented herself as an organizer for abused women in the state, creating a traveling exhibit, “Finding Our Voices.” In the exhibit, women — some of them, like her, from wealthy and prominent families — speak out about violence within their relationships, in a small-town echo of the #MeToo movement. At the Holocaust and…

New York Times: In Maine, a Celebrity Domestic Violence Case Continues to Send Out Ripples

By HHRC | October 20, 2019

At the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta on Oct. 10, the exhibit’s host read aloud, to laughter from the audience, the contents of a letter from Mr. McLean’s public relations firm, warning that “any display of doctored photos and untruthful information concerning the details of a 2016 incident in their home may be…

Press Herald: Voices and faces of domestic violence on display in Augusta

By HHRC | October 14, 2019

McLean, the Camden photographer whose ex-husband, the singer Don McLean, was convicted on charges related to domestic abuse, is giving voice to her story and the stories of more than a dozen other women who have extricated themselves from abusive situations. The multimedia exhibition, “Finding Our Voices: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Abuse,” is on…

WCSH 6: From all across Maine, the stories of women who’ve survived domestic abuse

By HHRC | October 11, 2019

Olivia’s story, told with photos and audio, is one of about twenty from women in Maine who were abused by husbands or boyfriends. They’re part of an exhibit called “Finding Our Voices” at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta. Patrisha McLean, a photojournalist from Camden, gathered the stories and pictures, some of them…

WABI: Teachers learn how to teach students about the Holocaust at summer seminar

By HHRC | July 9, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) – About two dozen teachers from throughout the state are spending Tuesday and Wednesday at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine learning how to teach students about the Holocaust. “This allows them to have a toolbox where they can bring to light these important stories that augment and support the lessons…

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