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Holocaust survivor shares experiences through art


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

As visitors walk through the Queensborough Community College (QCC) Art Gallery, they are taken through the experiences of Rosemarie Koczÿ, who at three years old had her life turned upside down.

Koczÿ was born in 1939 in Recklinghausen, Germany and three years later was taken to a concentration camp together with her family. At a young age, Koczÿ witnessed death, loss and the struggle to survive.

Years later, still having the hardships she shared with many others strong in her mind and making it as a survivor of the Holocaust, Koczÿ began keeping records of the memories through different methods of artwork. The artist began with creating tapestries then moved to drawings, paintings and sculptures. Koczÿ died in 2007. Since September, QCC has had close to 140 pieces of Koczÿ’s art, created over nearly 30 years, on display in an exhibit titled “Art As A Witness” at the campus’ historic Oakland Building.

The series of close to 100 drawings, done with ink on paper, involved in the exhibit are called “I Weave You A Shroud.” Koczÿ used each of the drawings to remember those she saw suffer and die while in the concentration camps.

“They are burials I offer to those I saw die in the camps where I was deported…” Koczÿ wrote in an initial description of her series. “In the Jewish burials the dead are washed; a woman washes the body of a dead woman, a man washes the body of a dead man. The body is then wrapped in a shroud. Sewing a shroud is an act of respect and a rite.”

The exhibit also features wood sculptures and paintings titled “Standing Man,” where Koczÿ honors an unknown prisoner who ultimately gave his life to help and protect her in the camp.

Some of the pieces are owned by the QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York, other paintings are loaned by the Stichting Collectie de Stadshof in The Netherlands, drawings from the Musée Création Franche in France and sculptures are from private collectors.

One of Koczÿ’s sculptures is permanently on display at QCC’s Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, while another piece, a tapestry made in 1975, is hung above the main desk in the admissions office.

QCC is located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside and “Art As A Witness” is free to the public and will be up until Sunday, January 5.

The QCC Art Gallery is closed Monday and opened Tuesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends noon to 5 p.m.

 

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Queensborough will give students ‘Edge for Success’


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THE COURIER/Photos by Terence M. Cullen

Deirdre Corrigan, a 20-year-old Queensborough Community College student pursuing her associate’s degree in nursing, thinks it’s great her school is raising money to help young students get an education.

“I’m very excited about this program,” she said. “I actually started Queensborough on a scholarship and it really helps so many students who need scholarships.”

Queensborough Community College announced that it is seeking donations for its “Edge for Success” campaign, whose goal is to raise $25 million by 2015.

The college is just about $4 million away, according to Vice President of Institutional Advancement Rosemary Sullivan Zins.

“Today we are here to launch our fundraising campaign to support what we do each and every day for our students and our community,” said Queensborough President Dr. Diane B. Call.

Sullivan Zins said scholarships given out from this fund will be based on merit, but not just academically. Instead, those eligible will have demonstrated a good work ethic in school, she said. Additional grants can be given to students for books and other needs so they can stay in school.

In order to raise funds, she said, the college has done a great deal of networking and researching. The foundation has also had meetings with team members to train them in asking for donations.

The campaign is chaired by alumnus Charlene Pounis, ‘76, who noted that funding will not only go to student scholarships, but for faculty research and expansion.

“The faculty is continuing to grow and develop and then provide even better services for the students,” she said.

The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives was also awarded a $500,000 Challenge Grant by The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The college’s goal, it was announced, was to raise $100,000 for the center. Mark Kupferberg, chair of the Queensborough Community College Foundation, announced that NEH has pledged to match the funds by 50 percent — $500,000 — every year for five years.

“This is just one illustration of how we are viewed as a national leader of what we do,” he said.

Kupferberg said the fundraising campaign, as a whole, would help Queensborough continue to grow.

“It ultimately becomes that little dab of grease that makes the wheels roll,” he said.