The “Between Life and Death” Exhibition in Hungary

Klara Jackl / English translation: Andrew Rajcher, 18th November 2019
The Official Opening of the exhibition “Between Life and Death – Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust” took place on 6th November 2019, at the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest. It is dedicated to stories of Jews being rescued, during the Holocaust, in many European countries. The exhibition will remain on view until 15th December.

Exhibition on Display in Budapest

This is the first presentation, in Hungary, of the English-language exhibition "Between Life and Death - Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust”. The exhibition is being shown in the former synagogue on Pava Street, adjacent to the headquarters of the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest. Participants in the Official Opening, which took place on 6th November 2019, included Dr Tomas Kovacs, Director of the Holocaust Memorial Centre, Rafał Rogulski, Director of the European Remembrance and Solidarity Network and Dr Zoltan Marusza, representing the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources. More information about the Official Opening can be found on the website of the European Remembrance and Solidarity Network.

The exhibition is devoted to stories of helping Jews in many European countries. The section regarding Hungary describes the dramatic fate of the Jewish Fisch familiy from Budapest, who were assisted by their children's nanny, Anna Tátrai. The story of Gizella Csertán is also presented. She was a young girl who helped the Forbát family, organising shelter and false papers for them. Both Anna Tátrai and Gizella Csertán have been honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations. 

The Exhibition “Between Life and Death”

During the Holocaust, six million Jews died in German-occupied Europe. Confronted by mass crimes, civilians were faced with a difficult challenge – how to respond to these acts of genocide. Attitudes towards the Holocaust varied, but only a few decided to help persecuted Jews.

It tells of their experiences, efforts and motivations, It draws the viewer’s attention to acts of courage and to the will to survive.  In an historical context, it shows the fates of heroes from Poland and also from eleven European countries – Croatia, DenmarkFrancethe Netherlands, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. The exhibition shows the conditions within these countries under occupation. It also describes the multi-dimensional relationships and emotional ties that were born between the rescued and the rescuers.

» More: Read about the “Between Life and Death” Exhibition

The exhibition “Between Life and Death – Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust” was created by European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Silent Heroes Memorial Centre. To date, it has been shown in the Brussels headquarters of the European Commission, the Castrum Peregrini Cultural Centre in Amsterdam, the Bratislava University Library, the Gaon State Jewish Museum in Vilnius, the Centrum Historii Zajezdnia in Wrocław and the Romanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest..

The exhibition can be viewed until 15th December 2019 at the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest.

The exhibition is in the English language

Stories regarding the exhibition's previous openings can be viewed via the links below:

» The European Commission in Brussels, 24/01/2018-06/03/2018


» Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam, 13/06/2018-15/08/2018


» University Library in Bratislava, 09/11/2018-29/11/2018


» Gaon of Wilna Museum, 24/01/2019-17/03/2019


» Centrum Historii Zajezdnia in Wrocław, 07/04/2019-30/04/2019


» Rumanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest, 03/10/2019-19/10/2019

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Authors of the Exhibition: Dr. Martyna Grądzka-Rejak (ENRS) and Klara Jackl (POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews), in cooperation 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 Network Remembrance and Solidarity, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Silent Heroes Memorial Centre in German Resistance Memorial Centre Foundation

Financial support: Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Federal Government Representative for Culture and 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, Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk