Exhibition: Between life and death

Start date: 14/06/2018

End date: 15/08/2018

Time: 12-18.00

 

Between Life and Death,
Stories of Rescue during the Holocaust 

 

14 June – 15 August 2018
Open Tuesday – Friday, 12-18 hrs

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday June 14 at 16:00 with:

Prof. Jan Rydel, the coordinator of the Polish side at European Network Remembrance and Solidarity

Avraham Burg (1955) is an author and politician. He was Speaker of the Knesset and chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Burg’s latest book ‘In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel’ was received with great interest internationally. 

entrance free, RSVP: productie@castrumperegrini.nl 

Testimonies on aid rendered to Jews during the Second World War invoke both the most horrific and the most worthy aspects of our history. This is why an exhibition devoted to stories of rescue was prepared for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2018 and presented in January at the European Commission in Brussels. It’s second opening is being held at Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam. Accounts of both survivors and rescuers from different European countries will be on view from 14 June until 15 August. The exhibition is a joint initiative of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Silent Heroes Memorial Center.

The Jewish genocide in the war-torn Europe claimed millions of lives. In the face of the tragic fate of Jews, local populations of the German-occupied countries along with some of the ordinary Germans were put in a dilemma which they probably had never imagined they would face: how to react to such mass atrocity? And while individual answers to this question differed widely, only few offered help to people seeking to survive.

The exhibition ‘Between life and death. Stories of rescue during the Holocaust’ presents accounts from nine European countries: Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine. By outlining stories of survivors along with those of rescuers, the display highlights complexity of human relations under extreme conditions. The testimonies are moreover shown against a broader historical background, as to give a better understanding of local possibilities for Jews to survive and for helpers to provide aid.

‘Between life and death. Stories of rescue during the Holocaust’ will be on display between 14 June and 15 August 2018 at Castrum Peregrini Amsterdam whose co-founder the artist Gisèle (1912 – 2013) is one of the rescuers presented in the exhibition.
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on June 14 at 16:00 with an introductory note of Prof. Jan Rydel, the coordinator of the Polish side at European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) and a speech of Avraham Burg (1955). Avraham Burg’s latest book ‘In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel’, was received with great interest internationally, also due to his previous career as Speaker of the Knesset and chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Castrum Peregrini ‘the fortress of the pilgrim’ was the nom de guerre of a Second World War safe house in the center of Amsterdam. In more than 75 years Castrum Peregrini has taken many shapes and forms, and represented various values and stories: a hiding place, a magazine, a publishing house and a community that organized themselves around a friendship cult inspired by the poet Stefan George. Wolfgang Frommel, who led this circle, represents a dark side of the organization’s past. Recent testimonials and research have brought to light that (sexual) abuse was part of his realm.

Today’s Castrum Peregrini is a place of artistic research and encounter. In line with Gisèle’s spirit it offers a protected environment for artists, thinkers and opinion leaders to work in the context of the organization and in open exchange with its network and audience.

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

 

 

 

Partners
Castrum Peregrini; Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum; Memorial de la Shoah; Memorial Chambon sur Lignon; The Danish Jewish Museum; Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine”; NIOD – the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Museum of the Second World War