Located in the emblematic neighborhood of La Floresta, in Quito, The Trude Sojka House Museum was opened to the public as a small Holocaust Memorial in 2009. It features a permanent exhibition of the artist and Holocaust survivor Trude Sojka.
The story of Trude Sojka’s life and family, her paintings and sculptures, as well as her granddaughter’s art, are presented, leading the visitor to a final reflection upon the role played by Ecuador during the Holocaust, and the avoidance of other genocides around the world.
You will also find in the museum a small library, a cafe, a shop (selling handicrafts, books…), a urban vegetable garden, and much more!
The Art of Trude Sojka
There are 3 exhibition rooms displaying the artistic work of Trude Sojka in different themes.
A new exhibit is presented every 6 months.
The Circle Closes – a Retrospective
Holocaust Memories and Encounter of Two Worlds
Expressionism, Dancing Colors
Fulfillment and Tenderness, the Circle Closes
Other exhibition rooms
Trude Sojka’s atelier
The studio, where Trude Sojka created her art, has been kept without changes. The artist always worked with music.
The Secret Room
This room is full of memories. The photos, from different archives from the USA, Europe and Israel, remind us of the terrible history of the Holocaust.
Here you may find documents, objects and photographs concerning Trude Sojka's life.
The first handicraft shop in Ecuador. AKIOS, was created by Trude Sojka's brother, Walter and his wife, Liddy, before 1940. If you read the name backwards, you will understand its meaning...
Gabriela Steinitz, Third Generation
Trude Sojka's granddaughter, Gabriela, has become a conceptual contemporary artist, in constant search for her family's imprints throughout history. Currently on display: No One's Imprints – inspired by the poet Paul Celan.
At Hans Steinitz’ desk
Hans Steinitz was Trude Sojka's husband and a German Holocaust survivor. Discover his story and how an Ecuadorian diplomat saved his life.
Memory of genocides
An interactive room that tells the story of different genocide survivors. Here, you may also see artworks concerning genocides, and you may express yourself by drawing or writing.
With some two thousand books in English, Spanish, German, Czcech, French... among other languages, you will find books concerning the Holocaust and art, but also literature, poetry, science...You may only consult them in situ.
Another exhibition area of our Museum. The sculptures, created by Trude Sojka, are merged with the garden's vegetation.
The urban vegetable garden
We are a sustainable green museum! We practice recycling, use green products and aspire to increase natural environments inside urban areas. This is why we have created our urban vegetable garden.
Trude Sojka was not only an artist at her atelier, but also in her kitchen. We share with you some of her delicious pastries, baked all with organic, local ingredients and much love, prepared exclusively for you! The cafe is open only by reservation (contact info – link Plan your visit). It could be a nice touch to complete your experience at the Museum.
Our volunteer Efrain Chinchero is also an artisan. He elaborates necklaces, purses, earings, small wooden boxes, notebooks, and much more, inspired by Trude Sojka's artworks. You may also find here postcards and a variety of books, including the coffee table book The Two Lives of Trude Sojka, in English and Spanish.
Visit our online shop: CC Trude Sojka - Cambalache Red