Over 19,000 children under the age of eighteen were deported from the Netherlands, in a total of 102 transports. Just over 1,000 of them returned. Almost 18,000 children were murdered. All those children might still have been alive today. They should have had children, grandchildren, instead of which they disappeared.
In May, a new exhibition, "The Good Samaritans from Markowa", opened at the Ghetto Fighters' House in the presence of the Ambassador of Poland, Jacek Chodorowicz . The exhibition tells the story of the Ulma family from the village of Markowa, Podkarpacie region in southeastern Poland, who were executed by the Germans for hiding Jews in their home.
An exhibition about the “White Rose” German anti-Nazi resistance group opens on Nov. 15 at the Center for Humanistic Education at GFH. This is a collaboration with the White Rose Foundation (Weiße Rose Stiftung) in Munich as part of the activities marking the 50th anniversary of relations between Israel and Germany.
The exhibition “Saving the Children, 1938–1945” was planned by the French Jewish organization OSE – Œuvre de Secours aux Enfants (“Children’s Aid Society”) in conjunction with the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum. It describes the paths of ten Jewish children who were hidden in France and rescued during the Second World War. The period of occupation and the Vichy French government’s disgracefully infamous collaboration with the Nazi regime are illuminated with personal and archival photographs, documents, and testimonial accounts.
"Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" traces this history from the early 20th-century international eugenics movement to the Nazi regime’s “science of race.” It also challenges viewers to reflect on the present-day interest in genetic manipulation that promotes the possibility of human perfection. This exhibit was originally curated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Sculpture exhibition in the Mezzanine Art Gallery: Samuel Willenberg, the Last Witness of Treblinka. Samuel Willenberg was among 200 inmates who succeeded in escaping from the Treblinka extermination camp on 2 August 1943 during an uprising organized by inmates. Today age 92, the sole remaining survivor of the 70 escapees who were alive at the end of the Holocaust. The exhibition includes his sculptures, drawings, and elements from his written testimony.
David Olere was among the Sonderkommando “special crew” workers in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, mainly assigned to Crematorium III. Olere was one of the rare Sonderkommando who survived. In 1945 and 1946, from a sense of moral obligation, he made some 70 drawings documenting what he had experienced and seen. These are of great testimonial value, as what occurred in the gas chambers and crematoria was not directly documented. He was the sole witness, forced to take part in the act of extermination. In several of the drawings he appears as a participant-witness. The majority of this series is held in the Art Collection of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum.