About the exhibition

Based on the research findings of the Center for Research on Antisemitism, a permanent exhibition was created in the Silent Heroes Memorial Center that tells the stories of people who helped Jews suffering persecution during the Nazi dictatorship. It depicts both the plight of the Jews in view of the impending deportations and the actions and motives of the women and men who helped them.

These helpers, often referred to as “silent heroes,” confirm that even under the conditions of the Nazi dictatorship and the Second World War, there was a degree of maneuvering room and individuals could still make their own decisions to rescue people from this deadly threat.

The exhibition centers on a media table on the main level, which is dedicated to eighteen specific themes. The nine showcases on the upper level document the different fates, each one introduced by a short film. The displayed objects, documents, and photographs illustrate both failed and successful rescue attempts from the dual perspective of the helpers and the Jews. A separate room has computer workstations for more intensive research. There is a database documenting several hundred rescuers and people who were helped; it is expanded on an ongoing basis.

 

  • A view of the exhibition © German Resistance Memorial Center, Thomas Bruns