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  • 22 May 2015

    An exhibition titled They Risked their Lives – Poles who Saved Jews during the Holocaust is open at the Thompson Center State Building in central Chicago until the end of this week.

    The exhibition presents the photographs and lives of the Polish Righteous Among the Nations, including Jan Karski and Władysław Bartoszewski. It also gives an account of the Polish Government-in-Exile and life in occupied Poland. The exhibition came to life thanks to over 400 interviews with Poles who had saved Jews during World War Two. The project has been conceived by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

     

    The Chicago exhibition was inaugurated by Polish Consul General Paulina Kapuścińska and Michael Bauer, Co-Chair of the Holocaust and Genocide Commission at the Governor’s Office.

     

    Speaking at the event, the consul general emphasised the uniqueness of Poland’s Righteous, who together with their families faced the risk of death sentence for helping Jews. The consul drew attention to the number of Poles involved in rescuing Jewish people. She also talked about what life was like in occupied Poland.

     

    Guests to the vernissage included some of the Polish Righteous Among the Nations, their children, and representatives of city authorities and foreign diplomatic missions, including from Israel, Germany and France.

    The State of Israel has honoured 20,000 people as the Righteous Among the Nations worldwide. With nearly 6,500 people, Poles make up the biggest share of this group.

     

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    Phot. Konrad Zieliński, Polish Consulate General in Chicago 

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