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An exhibition devoted to stories of Holocaust survivors and rescuers from nine European countries will be on view in Brussels between 24 Jan and 6 March. 


The Jewish genocide in the war-torn Europe claimed millions of lives. In the face of the tragic fate of Jews, local populations of the German-occupied countries and some of the ordinary Germans were put in a dilemma which they probably had never imagined they would face: how to react to such mass atrocity? Attitudes differed widely, but only few offered help to people seeking to survive. For both groups that was a risky undertaking which could even cost them their life.

The exhibition presents accounts of rescue from nine European countries. By outlining stories of survivors along with those of rescuers, we seek to give a voice to both of these groups. We draw attention to their endeavours, courage and will to live, as well as wartime circumstances with which they had to deal. Their fates are shown against a broader historical background, giving a better understanding of local possibilities for Jews to survive and for helpers to provide aid.

The exhibition will be launched on January 24 by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the European Commission for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and representatives of the ENRS, POLIN Museum and Silent Heroes Memorial Center.

Following its presentation in Brussels, the exhibition will be shown in other European cities.

Venue: European Commission, Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
Dates: 24 January - 6 March 2018

 


Organisers:
European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Silent Heroes Memorial Center in the German Resistance Memorial Center Foundation

Funding:
Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland
Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM)

Partners:
Memorial Chambon sur Lignon (Lieu de Mémoire au Chambon sur Lignon)
Memorial de la Shoah
The Danish Jewish Museum
Museum "Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine"
Castrum Peregrini
Museum of the Second World War

NIOD, the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum (Vilnius)

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