Exhibition opens on October 16, 2016 at The Florida Holocaust Museum
October 4, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to present I Am My Brother’s Keeper: A Tribute to the Righteous Among the Nations. This exhibition highlights Yad Vashem’s task of commemorating the acts of the “Righteous Among the Nations” who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. This exhibition tells the stories of men and women who defied the Nazis and refused to be bystanders.
One individual highlighted in the exhibition is Varian Fry. Fry was a Harvard educated editor from New York City when he became involved with the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC), an organization that promoted the emigration of refugee intellectuals from Nazi occupied Europe. In 1940, he traveled to Europe with the mission of assisting in the emigration of a small number of intellectuals; however, he found an even greater number of artists, writers, and others who were desperately trying to escape. Fry sought out assistance from other American diplomats and French citizens. Together, they aided in securing false papers and escapes from French internment camps. Over 4,000 refugees received assistance from Fry and his group.
“Though rare, there were some people who defied the Nazis by helping Jewish people survive the Holocaust. This exhibition highlights some of those ordinary people who did something extraordinary,” said Erin Blankenship, The Florida Holocaust Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions and Collections.
In 1941 Fry was expelled from France because of his activities. Upon returning to the United States, he learned that the State Department as well as the ERC disapproved of his rescue activities. All major recognitions for his rescue efforts were posthumous. Those helped by Fry include Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Hanna Arendt, and Jacques Lipchitz.
I Am My Brother’s Keeper: A Tribute to the Righteous Among the Nations opens to the public on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at The Florida Holocaust Museum. The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
For additional I Am My Brother’s Keeper: A Tribute to the Righteous Among the Nations exhibition information, please visit: The FHM’s Official Exhibition Page
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.