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A Voice Silenced: An Exhibition by Diane Neumaier in Memory of Leonore Schwarz Neumaier- Wall text

A Voice Silenced: An Exhibition by Diane Neumaier in Memory of Leonore Schwarz Neumaier- Wall text

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Diane Neumaier, a New York photographer, found and reprinted black-and-white negatives of family snapshots taken by her father John (Hans) Neumaier when he was a boy in the 1930's in Frankfurt. The snapshots reflect the peaceful life of the middle-class family and, particularly, the domestic life of Diane Neumaier's grandmother, a famous Frankfurt opera singer who later perished in a concentration camp. This moving and original project is a collaboration between second and third generation survivors (father and daughter), combining historical, archival materials with a contemporary visual reframing of the Holocaust memory.
Diane Neumaier, a New York photographer, found and reprinted black-and-white negatives of family snapshots taken by her father John (Hans) Neumaier when he was a boy in the 1930's in Frankfurt. The snapshots reflect the peaceful life of the middle-class family and, particularly, the domestic life of Diane Neumaier's grandmother, a famous Frankfurt opera singer who later perished in a concentration camp. This moving and original project is a collaboration between second and third generation survivors (father and daughter), combining historical, archival materials with a contemporary visual reframing of the Holocaust memory.

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Published by: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life on Mar 22, 2011
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A Voice SilencedAn exhibition by Diane Neumaier in memory of Leonore Schwarz Neumaier
A Voice Silenced 
is, first, a moving tribute to a family member who perished in a Nazideath camp. Every such story, every death is unique. Every life lost, when exposedintimately through images and artifacts, can shatter our hearts. Yet,
A Voice Silenced 
isalso a project about bringing forth, muting, or intertwining the voices of survivors.Produced jointly by the son and granddaughter of Leonore Schwarz Neumaier, with theassistance of other family members, the exhibition and the accompanying materials arestrikingly humble; no one signs the photographs and texts. Rather, the voice of the directsurvivor, who knew his mother, and that of the second-generation survivor, who onlyknows the stories and pictures, gently jostle to convey their distinct senses of loss andlonging.Diane Neumaier reprinted the snapshots her father John Neumaier took between 1933and 1939, using the medium of photography to resurrect the vanished life of a middle-class German Jewish family during the escalation of the Nazi anti-Semitic campaign.Reworking and reinterpreting the photographs, she tried to establish her own relationshipwith the grandmother she never knew. Even the disintegrated nitrate film is printed as shepeers into a lost world, into the void, unwilling to let go of anything. A conceptualphotographer, and an experienced photography editor and teacher, Diane Neumaier iskeenly aware of how photographs create meaning and of the complexity of theirauthorship. Disintegrating negatives and scratchy records, fading handwriting and brokenporcelain: a life that once touched them now touches us.Dr. Alla EfimovaChief Curator, The MagnesThe exhibition is organized by Judah L. Magnes Museum and co-sponsored by the
 
Holocaust Center of Northern California. The complete installation of 
A Voice Silenced 
ison view at the Magnes through September 19, 2004.MAGNES LOGO2911 Russell Street, Berkeley, CA 94705www.magnes.org
 
Born in Vienna in 1889, Leonore Schwarz sang with several opera companies inGermany and Austria before becoming first contralto of the Frankfurt Opera in 1917. Shemarried businessman Otto Neumaier and, after the birth of their son Hans (now John) in1921, left the opera, continuing to perform on the concert stage and on radio.After 1933, the Nazis prohibited Jewish artists from appearing before non-Jewishaudiences. Leonore sang only in concerts presented by the Jüdischer Kulturbund (JewishCultural Association) or other Jewish groups during those years. It was becomingincreasingly clear to the Neumaier family that they were in danger and must leaveGermany. When Otto and Leonore Neumaier applied for permits to enter the UnitedStates, they discovered they would have to separate. Because Otto had a son from his firstmarriage already living in the U.S., he was allowed to go there in 1939. But Leonore hadno direct relative in America to vouch for her, and the consulate would not accept herstepson as a sponsor. When her husband and son left, she remained behind in Frankfurt,her name placed far down on a waiting list of those who wanted to leave Germany.One day in June 1942, Leonore found it necessary to consult with a bank employee about her precarious financial situation, since most of the family’s funds hadbeen confiscated by the Nazis. A neighbor denounced this meeting to the Gestapo as aviolation of Nazi laws restricting contacts between Aryans and Jews. The banker wasarrested. Concerned about the fate of the man, whom she knew to be a Catholic with alarge family, Leonore went to Gestapo headquarters to explain the nature of the meeting.There she was arrested and immediately deported. Leonore Schwarz Neumaier was killedin the Majdanek death camp.Sometime in 1941, believing she would be reunited with her husband and son,who had been able to escape Nazi Germany, Leonore Neumaier packed several trunks. In1946, a Swiss storage company sent a notice regarding the trunks to her husband who,still uncertain of his wife’s fate, had them shipped to the United States. Among herneedlework, porcelain, and feather bedding, Leonore had packed the portraits, operaprograms, posters, and reviews of her performances included in the exhibition.In anticipation of celebrating their son’s Bar Mitzvah in 1934, Leonore and OttoNeumaier gave him a new Leica camera. When he left Germany in 1939, he took hisphoto albums, negatives, and camera with him. In the 1980s, John Neumaier gave the

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