Future, Beware! was an art exhibit by photographer Ophir Palmon that ran from January 7 through February 22, 2013, at the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery at UNO’s Criss Library.
Based on Ophir’s project and book March of the Living*, the Future, Beware! exhibit challenged the viewer to consider the roles and choices made by Perpetrator, Victim, and Bystander during times of conflict. The exhibit asked us to examine not only the impact of war atrocities, but also inspired us to reflect on the moments and occurrences which all of us will face at some time in our lives, a missed opportunity to engage or raise a voice, a decision to act or ignore, that are just as threatening to our humanity.
Future, Beware! was sponsored by the Frances and Sam Fried Holocaust Education Fund, the H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery, the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish studies, the Council on Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the UNO History Department, the UNO College of Arts and Sciences, and the UNO Criss Library.
The UNO History Department sponsored three lectures to coincide with the exhibit. These lectures were held at the Criss Library on the UNO campus, and were recorded by KIOS-FM, Omaha’s NPR station for a later broadcast and its archives:
- “Auschwitz: A History of the Camp from Incarceration to Extermination,” by Dr. Waitman W. Beorn, Assistant Professor of History and Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
- “Escaping Nuremberg: How Adolf Eichmann Fled Justice,” by Dr. Gerald Steinacher, Assistant Professor of History and Hyman Rosenberg, Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
- “The Ambitions of the SS in the East: Visualizing the Built Environment of Auschwitz,” by Prof. Paul B. Jaskot, Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University.
To receive a free copy of the Future, Beware! exhibit book, please contact the studio. To have one mailed to you, please send $3 (postage & handling, U.S. only) to:
Future, Beware! exhibit book
6658 S 85th Ave.
Omaha, NE 68127-4113
*March of the Living, 2010, ISBN 978-0-615-48677-2.