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Opening Event for “36 Unknown” Exhibit

April 3, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Morris and Ann Lazaroff Lecture: Legends of the 36 Unknown

Exhibit of Photography by artist Todd Weinstein

Opening Event
Sunday, April 3, 2016
2:00-4:00 pm

Jewish Federation of St. Louis Atrium

Introduction by Todd Weinstein
Musical Presentation by Rabbi James Stone Goodman and friends

Dessert reception to follow in the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library; dietary laws observed.

This program is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP to or by March 28, 2016.
You may also register by calling the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library at 314-442-3720 or the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center at 314-442-3711.

Artist Todd Weinstein writes:

In 1995, while traveling in Poland, with stops at Cracow and Auschwitz, I began working outside the photo-journalistic conventions of documentation. I started photographing abstract faces that I saw hiding in the shadows and light of different locations. From these ‘ghost’ pictures, these re-readings of found objects, came a set of 36 photos titled “The 36 Unknown,” a reference to the idea in the Talmud, the oral tradition of Judaism, that the world requires a minimum of 36 righteous individuals in order to exist. In later lore, the 36 hidden ones have the power to save the world.

They arrive at times of great peril. Finding their images in Cracow, Auschwitz, and elsewhere continued my search for wholeness. Once again, I was forced to examine my life as a Jewish man at the end of the twentieth century as well as the tolls of history, both communal and personal, on our society at large.

My “36 Unknown” brought personal healing. From a pilgrimage starting in 1983 in Washington, D.C. through the Jewish renaissance in Germany and working with Holocaust victims as well as visiting the camps, I moved from sharing the horror to recovering from it.

“The 36 Unknown” was my attempt to restore and update the rich Jewish lore and to help deepen the context of a renewed society.

To learn more about artist Todd Weinstein, visit

This exhibit is co-sponsored by and generously supported by the Morris and Ann Lazaroff Endowment for the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library and The Rubin (of blessed memory) and Gloria Feldman Family Institute of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.


April 3, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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