The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR), in conjunction with the Palm Beach County School District, will be displaying the JFR’s traveling exhibition, “Whoever Saves a Single Life… Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust,” to help supplement the district’s high school Holocaust education curriculum.
The exhibit highlights the heroic efforts of non-Jews in saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust and will travel to the schools during this semester. The exhibit will be at Palm Beach Central High School for the next few weeks, where students will become docents to lead other students around the exhibit. Afterward, the exhibit will travel to Park Vista High School.
The exhibition consists of 19 panels, 10 of which showcase different forms of rescue such as: Webs of Survival: Rescue Networks; Taking Action: Young Rescuers; Faith in Action: Religious Rescue; From Words to Deeds: Americans in Europe; Defying Orders: Rescue in Uniform; Outwitting Evil: Ingenuity in Rescue; Against All Odds Rescue: In the Camps; Envoys of Humanity: The Diplomats; Precarious Life: Shelter and Hiding; and Shielding Our Citizens: Rescue in Denmark.
The exhibit is accompanied by a guide to help educators teach students about rescue and was made possible by a grant from the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany and JFR donors.
“This is the first traveling exhibition designed by the JFR. While we have done and continue to do extensive work to help educators teach students about the Holocaust, this exhibit targets both children and adults interested in learning the history of the Holocaust and stories of rescue,” Executive Vice President Stanlee Stahl said. “The exhibit features more than 40 different stories of rescuers, both by Jews and non-Jews, told through narratives, photographs and documents.”
Palm Beach County school officials are excited to share the exhibition with high school students.
“The unique presentation will change the way our students learn about the Holocaust, allowing them to visualize the atrocities committed by the Nazis during the Second World War,” said Maureen Carter, a JFR Lerner fellow who serves as the Holocaust studies program planner for the district.
As it moves forward, the JFR will continue its work of providing monthly financial assistance to more than 450 aged and needy Righteous Gentiles, living in 20 countries. Since its founding, the JFR has provided more than $37 million to aged and needy rescuers — helping to repay a debt of gratitude on behalf of the Jewish people. Its Holocaust teacher education program has become a standard for teaching the history of the Holocaust. For more information, visit www.jfr.org.