“Between Life and Death” Exhibition in Bratislava

Klara Jackl / English translation: Andrew Rajcher, 15th November 2018
Until 29th November, the “Between Life and Death – Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust” exhibition will be on display at the University Library in Bratislava. Among those who participated in the official opening were heroes of its Slovak section – Holocaust survivor Zita Kurz and the son of the Righteous Petr Rehak.

After being shown at the European Commission in Brussels and the Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam, the exhibition “Between Life and Death – Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust” is currently being hosted in Bratislava. The official opening took place on 9th November 2018 in the main hall of the University Library. 

The exhibition presents stories of help extended to Jews, in ten European countries, during the Holocaust. The stories of rescuers and Holocaust survivors are presented in the historical context of each country – the political situation during the War, the repressions against the Jews and the reaction of the local community to the Holocaust. The exhibition features heroes from Poland, as well as from Croatia, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Germany, Ukraine and Hungary. In this Slovak display, the exhibition had added to it a panel showing Slovak history.

The opening of the exhibition in Bratislava was attended by heroes of the Slovak section of the exhibition – Holocaust survivor Zita Kurz and Petr Rehak, a member of the family which, during the War, helped little Zita. Their story was told by journalist Dagmar Mozolova. Also present were representatives of the Slovak Institute of National Remembrance, the University Library and the European Remembrance and Solidarity Network, as well at the exhibition's creators. 


More information about the exhibition »


Univerzitná knižnica v Bratislave

Michalská 1, 814 17 Bratysława

The exhibition in Bratislava can be viewed daily, until 29th November, from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

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Exhibition Creators: Dr Martyna Grądzka-Rejak (ENRS), Klara Jackl (POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews), in conjunction with Marta Ansilewska-Lehnstaedt (Silent Heroes Memorial Centre)

Academic Consultants: Dr Aleksandra Namysło, Prof. Jan Rydel (ENRS), Dr Piotr Trojański (ENRS), Prof. Johannes Tuchel (Silent Heroes Memorial Centre)

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

Funding: Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Federal Government Representative for Culture and the Media (BKM)

Partners: Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, Memorial of Chambon sur Lignon, Mémorial de la Shoah, Danish Jewish Museum, "Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies, Castrum Peregrini, NIOD, the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, World War II Museum in Gdańsk 


Read about the exhibition's display at the European Commission in Brussels