Photographic Exhibit: They Risked Their Lives- Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust
Location: Polish Center of Discovery & Learning, 33 South St, Chicopee, MA 01013
Presented by the Polish Center of Discovery & Learning, the Republic of Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Polin Museum (Warsaw Poland).
Hours: Monday-Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Private group tours available 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Admission: Suggested Donation of $10.00
Description: The exhibit features testimonies collected by the State of Israel, Righteous Among Nations honorific. The Polish people were both direct victims of the German occupation and witnesses to every aspect of cruelty and criminal behavior committed against European Jewry within Poland during the Holocaust. In occupied Poland, unlike in the countries of Western Europe, simply helping Jews was considered a crime punishable by death.
Despite this fact, there were many Poles who stood up to evil and by risking their own lives and those of their families, managed to rescue and save tens of thousands of Polish Jews. Many of these rescuers were honored for their heroism with the state title of Righteous Among the Nations, awarded by the Yad Vashem Institute in Israel.