Last Days of "Between Life and Death" Exhibition in the Brussels Headquarters of the European Commission

Redakcja / English translation: Andrew Rajcher, 2nd March 2018
The exhibition "Between Life and Death – Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust" is due to close on 6th March, the European Day of Remembrance of the Righteous. It was prepared by the European Remembrance and Solidarity Network, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Silent Heroes Memorial Center. European Commission staff were introduced to the exhibition, on 26th February, by Klara Jackl, exhibition co-creator and co-ordinator of the POLIN Museum's "The Polish Righteous – Recalling Forgotten History".

The exhibition "Between Life and Death – Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust" presents accounts of the relationships between the rescuers and those whom they helped. It describes their experiences, their actions, their motivations and draws attention to their courage and their will to survive. The fates of heroes from Poland and eight other European countriess - Croatia, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Germany, Ukraine and Hungary - are shown in a broader historical context. The exhibition explains the differing conditions under which people lived in countries under occupation. It also shows the multi-dimensional relationships and emotional ties which existed between the rescuers and the rescued.

More information about the Exhibition

The exhibition was officially opened in front of almost 200 European Commission officials on 24th January, the International Day of Remembrance of Holocaust Victims. Those present included Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the European Commission for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. Guests of honour included witnesses to history – Holocaust survivors Elżbieta Ficowska, Jehoshua Shochot, and Elisabeth Drillich – who all spoke of their own stories of rescue.

The exhibition "Between Life and Death – Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust” can be viewed in Charlemagne, the Brussels heaadquarters of the European Commission until 6th March, the European Day of Remembrance of the Righteous.

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Authors of the exhibition: Dr. Martyna Grądzka-Rejak (ENRS), Klara Jackl (POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews) in cooperation with Marta Ansilewska-Lehnstaedt (Silent Heroes Memorial Center)

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

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 of Chambon-sur-Lignon, Mémorial 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