"Who Today Remembers": Portraits of Survivors by Mary Hilt

In 1939, Adolf Hitler asked the infamous question, "Who today remembers the extermination of the Armenians?" Mary Hilt has ensured that the voices, faces, and stories of many who survived the Armenian Genocide will never be forgotten. The piantings in this exhibition reflect the personal stories of actual interviews of survivors taken by Hilt in 1994. These stories show the courage, heroism, tragedy, survival and triumph of the people who not only survived the Genocide, but also re-established themselves in Watertown, Belmont, and other areas of Massachusetts. Even though the portraits reflect a heavy subject matter, Hilt has painted them in watercolor which she believes can be as dramatic as the subject that this exhibit elicits. Hilt is honored to join ALMA in educating the surrounding communities about genocide and has been able to paint new portriats years after the interviews were completed. Mary Hilt's work has been exhibited multiple times by the New England Watercolor Society and she currently teaches at the Young Adult vocational program in Arlington, MA.