Las Vegas: Holocaust survivors to gather for a weekend of remembrance

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A painting of a girl behind a barbed wire fence will be among the works on display this weekend as the Holocaust is remembered in Las Vegas.
(Mauricio Arenas)

The horrors of the Holocaust will be remembered Thursday through Sunday with a concert, film screenings and an art exhibition in Las Vegas.

The Palazzo resort will host “The Last Survivor Weekend,” during which stories of the World War II atrocities that followed Germany’s invasion of Poland 75 years ago will be shared.

The weekend launches with a free exhibition by Chilean artist Mauricio Arenas from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday. The collection of Holocaust-themed paintings will also be displayed Saturday and Sunday. The art will be for sale and proceeds will go to charity.

Saturday will bring the weekend’s showcase: a gala benefit concert featuring Dudu Fisher, an Israeli actor and singer known for his Broadway performances. He’ll be accompanied by a 20-piece orchestra.


Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. performance at the Lando ballroom in the Venetian cost $30 to $210.

At 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Sunday, “The Last Survivor,” a documentary that’s partly completed, will make its debut. It includes interviews with those who lived through the horrors of life in Nazi concentration camps. The film will be screened adjacent to the free art display.

More than 100 Holocaust survivors and members of their families will be on hand throughout the weekend to share their wartime recollections.

“The survivors are living monuments to the Holocaust,” Cecelia Margules, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and the concert’s executive producer, said in a statement.


“When the last monument is gone, who will do the job? Who will teach about the Holocaust when there is no living proof?”

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