They Risked Their Lives. Poles who Saved Jews During the Holocaust

This exhibition presents the stories of help given to Jews by Poles during World War II. It was created by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in partnership with the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. View reports about the exhibition’s display around the world.

Ten Language Versions and Almost One Hundred Presentations Around the World

This exhibition tells the stories of Poles who risked their own lives, and the lives of their families, by extending help to persecuted Jews. In Nazi-occupied Poland, unlike in Western Europe, the penalty for helping Jews was death. After the War, some of these rescuers were honoured by the State of Israel with the title of Righteous Among the Nations. The exhibition presents the lives of the rescuers and the rescued in the historical context of occupied Poland, the circumstances and extent of the help provided, as well as what motivated these Righteous to do what they did.

The exhibition was prepared on the basis of the unique collection of testimonies by the Righteous and by Survivors, collected by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, through its “The Polish Righteous – Recalling Forgotten History” project.

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The exhibition has been translated into ten languages: English, Bulgarian, Chinese, German, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Italian, Hungarian and Lithuanian. Over several years, it has travelled around Europe and the world. Its first display was at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 2013. Thus far, among other places, it has been shown in New York, Havana, Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai, Moscow, Madrid, Berlin, Vilnius and Warsaw.

Also, you can view selected reports from the viewings of the exhibition:

Other Exhibitions About the Righteous

The exhibition They Risked Their Lives. Poles who Saved Jews During the Holocaust is one of two travelling exhibitions which are based on the resources from our Polish Righteous website. The other is the English-language exhibition, Between Life and Death. Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust which was produced at the initiative of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity in cooperation with POLIN Museum. It presents stories of help extended to Jews in various European countries. Its first display took place at the headquarters of the European Commission in 2018.

We also encourage you to view our virtual exhibitions which have awarded an Honourable Mention at the Sybilla Museum Even of the Year organized by the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections, as well as our newest online exhibition dedicated to Irena Sendler, created together with Google Arts & Culture Insitute on the occasion of 110th anniversary of Irena Sendler's birthday.

About the exhibition

“They Risked Their Lives. Poles who Saved Jews During the Holocaust” exhibition was prepared by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in cooperation with Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Authors: Joanna Król, Klara Jackl / POLIN Museum
Academic consultants: Prof. Feliks Tych, Dr. Hanna Węgrzynek
Consultation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland: Dr. Elżbieta Frister, Dr. Sebastian Rejak, Dr. Krzysztof Strzałka
Design: Type2
Technical specifications: 18 panels, measuring 90 x 120 cm
Warsaw 2013 (up-dated in 2018)

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