3:00 pm: Reception, Film Screening, and Exhibit Opening
Survivor: My Father's Ghosts, A Black & White Introspective of Loss and Life
A New Photography Exhibit at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Hannah Kozak, photographer, filmmaker and writer, retraces her father’s footsteps through eight Nazi forced-labor camps in Germany from 1943 until liberation on May 8, 1945. Shot entirely on film on a 1961 Rolleiflex 2.8F and hand printed silver gelatin prints.
Hannah's film is a photographic essay that covers her multiple sojourns, traveling to Poland to see and photograph Auschwitz-Birkenau, Markstadt, Klettendorf, Dernau, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, Majdanek, Chelmno, Gross Rosen, Hirschberg, Erdmansdorf and Bad Warmbrunn. In total, she has been to 18 concentration camps and remains of forced labor camps to complete this journey and capture the enormity of the Holocaust. The film provides viewers a sense of the story Hannah promised her father she would tell.
Hannah Kozak was born to a Polish father and a Guatemalan mother in Los Angeles, California. At the age of ten, she was given a Kodak Brownie camera by her father, Sol, a survivor of eight Nazi forced labor camps and began instinctively capturing images of dogs, flowers, family and friends that felt honest and real. As a teenager growing up in Los Angeles, Hannah would sneak onto movie lots and snap photos on the sets of Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch and Family, selling star images to movie magazines and discovering a world that was far from reality.
Hannah has been given the Julia Margaret Cameron Award 5th Edition for Female Photographer of the Year for her Self Portrait Nude series – Pain and Loneliness as well as the Julia Margaret Cameron Award 10th Edition for First Prize Documentary Award for her ongoing series: He Threw the Last Punch Too Hard. Hannah has exhibited in Malaga, Spain and Berlin, Germany as well as numerous group exhibitions in the United States.
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is an artifact-rich institution that was founded in 1961 by Holocaust survivors who met in Los Angeles, each with their own personal experience and precious documents, photographs, and objects that connected them with their history, family, and friends. They believed in the importance of creating a space to commemorate their loved ones, house their precious artifacts, and educate future generations. Today, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust continues its mission to commemorate, educate, and inspire.