Amy Schumer behind project which displayed Holocaust survivors on New York landmarks

The Live2Tell porject is being produced by comedian Amy Schumer in order to preserve the testimony of survivors


Huge images of Holocaust survivors and their stories were projected onto New York City landmarks and buildings to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day in a joint project between comedian Amy Schumer and photographer Gillian Laub.

The images, taken by Laub could be seen on 12 landmarks in New York on Saturday night.  

The project, entitled Live2Tell, tells survivors stories through photography, video and first-person interviews and is being produced by actress and comedian Amy Schumer and Kira Pollack.

Laub had taken the pictures of survivors at event which was attended by more than 200 Holocaust Survivors in November.

The giant digital portraits were projected on the Williamsburg and Brooklyn Bridges and the Whitney Museum. 

Laub said she took the photographs in response to “the recent, dramatic rise in antisemitism in the U.S. and around the world.” 

Laub added: “Hoping to foster connection and understanding, Live2Tell will help preserve survivor stories and amplify their voices through a contemporary lens. I’m extremely grateful to all the survivors for once again bearing witness and to everyone who has contributed to elevating the consciousness about the atrocities faced by the Jewish people, past and present.”

Sadly, the projections were also designed to minimise the opportunity for vandals to deface them.

Maritza Shelley, a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor, who was photographed as part of the project said: “I always tell people — especially kids — us survivors won’t be around much longer. And when we go, all the witnesses will be gone. So I make them my witnesses. I say: ‘The story I’m telling you, you must remember because you are the ones who can carry it on.’”

Laub, who lives in New York, said she plans on launching a second phase of the project in Israel.

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