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
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’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.”