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The Forgotten

“The Forgotten” was Cumberland County College’s first visually immersive, emotion evoking and educationally interactive experience of the arts designed to highlight marginalized groups throughout history and to foster attitudes of tolerance and inclusiveness for all.

“The Forgotten” emphasized and promoted awareness around the children of the Holocaust; children whose names are known as well as children whose names were never recorded. The focal point of this experience, led by the Cumberland County College Foundation, in partnership with Stockton University and the Irving and Esther Raab Family Foundation, was a display of butterflies in various shapes, sizes, colors, and textures created as part of a community collaboration among local school children. The butterflies created a walk through garden effect honoring both the memory of the children who perished in the Holocaust, as well as those who survived. Additionally, the experience featured the work of Manfred Bockelmann whose charcoal-on-canvas portraits of children of the Holocaust provide a haunting reminder of what occurred. The evening also featured specially chosen period live music, poetry readings, film footage, art and special guests.