A Window of Beauty

A Story of Courage from the Holocaust

“A Window of Beauty is exactly what is needed to educate and personalize the Holocaust.”
– Richard S. Hirschhaut, Executive Director Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Nancy Shapiro-Pikelny has created this original and compelling storytelling performance, inspired by the experiences of a young girl, her remarkable teacher and secret art classes in the Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia.  Widely acclaimed, A Window of Beauty is a tale of courage, friendship and the power of artistic expression to sustain hope and light the way in the darkest of times.

Storytelling performances for
♦ middle and high school students
♦ adult groups
♦ libraries, schools, and community gatherings throughout the year and at Holocaust commemoration events

“I have never been more moved by a storytelling performance in my life.”

– Hawk Hurst, Festival Director, musician and storyteller

View a video excerpt of “Rutie’s Sunrise” from   A Window of Beauty

Nancy has been bringing A Window of Beauty to Jews and non-Jews, middle/high school students and adults, close to home and far away. This powerful epic story has been recognized in helping create a new generation of “eyewitnesses to the Holocaust.”
A Window of Beauty enriches and supports Social Studies, Language Arts and Holocaust Education; exploring issues of prejudice, racism, tolerance and resistance.

The debut of A Window of Beauty was at Whitwell Middle School in May, 2005.  This school has received world-wide acclaim for their study of the Holocaust and their creation of The Children’s Holocaust Memorial.  The remarkable community of Whitwell, Tennessee was the subject of the award-winning documentary Paper Clips.

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           Nancy with Linda Hooper,principal of Whitwell Middle School

Nancy’s performance was described by Principal Hooper:
“A beautiful and moving story. Even after all these weeks, parents are still coming up to me and telling me how much Nancy’s story meant to their children.   A Window of Beauty served to make students more sensitive to others; changing attitudes and opening hearts.” 

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