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Between Life and Death exhibition | Berlin

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Thematic focus

  • Cultural History
  • Social History
  • Museums, Memorials and Exhibitions
  • Holocaust
  • Europe
  • Second World War






Faculty of Theology of the Humboldt University, berlin, Germany


25 October 2023 - 15 December 2023


The Jewish genocide in war-torn Europe claimed millions of lives. In the face of the tragic fate of Jews, local populations of countries occupied or allied with the III Reich along with some ordinary Germans faced a dilemma that they had probably never envisaged: how to react to such a mass atrocity? While individual responses to this question differed widely, only few offered help to people seeking to survive. What was the daily experience of Jews hiding from the German machine of extermination and those who brought them help, sometimes even risking their lives? The travelling display showcases personal stories of Holocaust survivors and rescuers from eleven different countries set against a broader historical context. By outlining stories of survivors along with those of rescuers, the display highlights the complexity of human relations under extreme conditions. The testimonies are also shown against a broader historical background to offer a more comprehensive understanding of local chances for Jews to survive and for helpers to provide aid.


European Network Remembrance and Solidarity