Lest We Forget

October 20, 2022 - November 6, 2022
Ann and Andrew Tisch Park

Sited along the perimeter of Ann and Andrew Tisch Park on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis, Lest We Forget is a temporary exhibition of Luigi Toscano’s larger-than-life photographs of Holocaust survivors from Austria, Belarus, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States, including twelve people from St. Louis. The exhibition is on view October 20 through November 6, 2022.

Lest We Forget offers an opportunity to commemorate survivors at a moment when accurate collective knowledge about the Holocaust is at a historic low and distortion and denial of the atrocities, as well as public expressions of anti-Semitism, are rising alarmingly. The placards that accompany the photographs tell stories of suffering and loss but also resilience and humanity, providing a window into the experience of the last living survivors of the Holocaust.

Previously presented in seventeen cities—among them Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Kyiv, New York, Vienna, and Washington, DC—this exhibition traveled to UNESCO headquarters in Paris as part of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust on January 27, 2021.

Lest We Forget is presented at Ann and Andrew Tisch Park courtesy of Eliot and Dee Dee Simon and Conversation Builds Character.

About the artist

Luigi Toscano (German, b. 1972) is a photographer and filmmaker. Since 2015, following a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp, the artist has dedicated himself to Holocaust remembrance. He has photographed more than 400 survivors and victims of Nazi persecution internationally and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the designation of UNESCO Artist for Peace (2021). His documentary film on the project, Lest We Forget, was nominated for the German Human Rights Film Award (2020).

Image credit

Luigi Toscano, Lest We Forget. Installation view, Boston Common, 2018.