Witness to the Holocaust Photographs Added to Mountain Scholar

The photographs of the Witness to the Holocaust sculptures by Devorah Sperber are now included in the CU Anschutz digital repository, Mountain Scholar.

The sculptures were installed in April of this year, and on April 30 the library had the Dedication and Conversation with the Artist. We added some of the photos from the event to the repository, to record the dedication for our history.

Our director, Melissa Desantis, provided descriptions of the individuals in the photos. You can see the descriptions if you click on the ‘View full record’ link for any of the images in the collection.

You can see all the photos of the sculptures, photos from the event, the flyer for the dedication, as well as the flyer that is now posted by the sculptures for people to take, in the repository.

This was written by Jessica Gerber, you can contact jessica.gerber@ucdenver.edu or AskUs with questions.

New Military Medicine Exhibit on the 1st Floor

The Rare Materials Collection of the Strauss Health Sciences Library includes many titles illustrating the history of military medicine, including histories, memoirs, and biographies, manuals and handbooks, regulations, and more. A small selection of works which influenced the development of military medicine in the United States and illustrate its history is featured in the exhibit case at the north end of the 1st floor, near the elevator and Teaching Lab 3.



The work of Henry Ingersoll Bowditch, including the publication of this pamphlet following the death of his son at the Battle of Kelly’s Ford, Virginia, facilitated the creation of ambulance service for the entire Union Army.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

New Cytoscopy Exhibit on the 2nd Floor

Modern cystoscopy and endoscopy has its roots in a physician’s need for a better way to examine their patients internally, and the imagination that need drove.

The first scope for examination was created in 1804, and developments have not slowed. 

Visit the second floor rotunda on the South side of the Strauss Health Sciences Library to view a new exhibit exploring the history and development of cystoscopy equipment.

New Blood Pressure Exhibit on 2nd Floor

Blood, one of the four humors, which also include black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm, the importance of blood was seen to be paramount to healing. 

Since Stephen Hales was able to observe and measure the blood pressure of a horse in 1733, the use of blood pressure and pulse have proved to be a key diagnostic for medical professionals. 

Visit the second floor rotunda on the South side of the Strauss Health Sciences Library to view a new exhibit exploring the history and development of equipment to measure blood pressure and pulse.

This exhibit was curated by Paul Andrews, who works with the medical artifact collection at Strauss library.

Devorah Sperber Sculpture Series “Witness to the Holocaust”

Artist Devorah Sperber “Witness to the Holocaust” sculpture series is now on display in the 3rd floor atrium.

Plaques about the “Witness to the Holocaust” Sculpture Series, 1988-91
and the sculpture exhibit.

From the artist statement:

“The Holocaust inspired sculpture series “Witness to the Holocaust” represents the process through which I came to terms with my family’s history during World War II. I did not consciously set out to produce a Holocaust series. The series came from my inner questioning of what it means to be a second generation survivor.”

Till Death Do Us Part
“…why should I be chosen to live, and she probably to die?”
Saturday, 27 November, 1943
Peaceful Man
“Why can’t people live peacefully together?
Why all this destruction?”
Wednesday, 3 May, 1944
The Prophet
“I think that it will all come right,
that this cruelty will end, and that peace
and tranquility will return again.”
Saturday, 15 July, 1944

Struass library received the sculpture series, and just finished installing the sculptures on the third floor.

Mother and Child
“The only thing to do is to pray that God
will perform a miracle and save some of them”
Wednesday, 29 May, 1943
The Co-Existence of Life and Death
“…no one will see danger approaching until it is actually on top of him.”
Thursday, 3 February, 1944

There are six sculptures in all, five in the atrium, and the sixth is around the corner nears the bookshelves. The quotes on the sculptures are from the Diary of Anne Frank.

Witness To The Holocaust
“If God lets me live, I shall not remain insignificant,
I shall work in the world and for mankind”
Tuesday, 11 April 1944

You can see the sculpture group on the artist’s webpage here, and learn more about the stone sculptures here. The artist Devorah Sperber has an artist’s statement of the piece here.

The collection was donated in 2018 to the Holocaust, Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program, an initiative of the University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities.