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  • 17 November 2015

    The Polish Institute in Vienna is organizing a premiere exhibition on Poles who saved Jews during the German occupation of Poland. The vernissage is the result of collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

    The exhibition entitled “They risked their lives” depicts the fates of several dozen Poles who risked their lives saving Jews during World War II. The exhibition, intended for the German-speaking audience, has been conceived on an initiative of the Polish Institute in Düsseldorf and is presented in Austria for the first time.


    The exhibition will be solemnly opened by Konstanty Gebert, a journalist, columnist and the founder of the “Midrash” magazine, and Wojciech Więckowski, the director of the Polish Institute in Vienna. The aim of the event is to make the local audience more familiar with the German occupation of Poland and Poles' attitudes towards fellow Jews.


    The exhibition, which is to run until 6 January 2016, complements the installations devoted to Jan Karski, the history of the Polish diplomacy during World War II, as well as projects dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising which were on view at the Polish Institute in Vienna in 2014 and 2015.


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