Cornelia Connelly School is the New Home to a Holocaust Survivor’s Art Collection and Museum

Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child in Anaheim, CA, is honored to be the new home to the art collection and museum of Holocaust survivor Mel Mermelstein. During World War II, Mr. Mermelstein was the only member of his family that survived Auschwitz-Birkenau, Gross Rosen, and Buchenwald.

On October 9, 2018, student representatives Channing Lee ’19, Myra Juma ’19, and Noelle Mourani ’20 attended a special event at the City Council Chambers of Anaheim where Dr. Kott (Buchenwald liberator) met Mel Mermelstein’s daughter and grandson.

After World War II, when Mr. Mermelstein was liberated from Buchenwald, he created art from artifacts from the concentration camps where he was interned. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Oral History program interviewed Mr. Mermelstein in 1993.  He also wrote an autobiography, By Bread Alone: The Story of A-4685.

The exhibit will open at Cornelia Connelly School in Spring 2019.

About Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child, Anaheim, CA

A Roman Catholic, independent, college-preparatory high school for girls, Cornelia Connelly School promotes academic excellence, faith development, moral and ethical behavior, and global consciousness. As a member of the Holy Child Network of Schools, Cornelia Connelly School lives out core principles of trust, reverence, and respect espoused by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus’ founder Cornelia Connelly. The school was founded by the Holy Child Sisters in 1961.

Comments are closed.