Last Days of “Between Life and Death” exhibition in Amsterdam

Mateusz Szczepaniak / English translation: Andrew Rajcher, 3rd August 2018
The “Between Life and Death – Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust” exhibition in Amsterdam will close on 15th August. It was prepared by the European Remembrance and Solidarity Network, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Silent Heroes Memorial Centre. The venue is Castrum Peregrini cultural centre.

The exhibition Between Life and Death – Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust” presents stories of those who came to the rescue and also of those who received that help. It describes their experiences, their efforts, their motivations and pays particular attention to their acts of courage and to their strength of will to survive. The exhibition's heroes come from Poland and from other european countries – Croatia, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Germany, the Ukraine and Hungary. Their fates are shown within a broader historical context. The exhibition explains the conditions which prevailed in these countries under occupation and also the multi-dimensional relationships and emotional bonds which were born between the rescuers and the rescuees.


More information about the exhibition »


The Official Opening of the exhibition “Between Life and Death – Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust” took place on 13th June at Castrum Peregrini (Herengracht 401, Amsterdam). Those who participated in that event included Michael Defuster, Director of Castrum Peregrini, Avraham Burg, former Speaker of the Knessetand Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), author of the book In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel, as well as Prof. Jan Rydel, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the European Remembrance and Solidarity Network. The exhibition can be viewed in Amsterdam until 15th August.

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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 COmsultants: 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 more about the exhibition's showing at the European Commission in Brussels »