The power and challenge of the exhibition is in the stories it tells – the stories of people who lived then and whose lives were directly affected, either as victims who were helped and became survivors, or as rescuers who stepped up to help when they saw people in need.
Amazing stories of survival are told – a three month old baby girl in Holland, a twelve year old in Poland, a man whose name was on Schindler’s list, a young man saved from a forced labour gang in Hungary, a family fleeing to safety across the vastness of Russia…
These are only some of the fascinating stories featured in the exhibition.
One couple in Holland hid five people for two years in their apartment across the street from the SS headquarters. An Englishman organized the evacuation of children to safety in England. Some used their official status in order to issue travel visas. Individuals and groups of people across Europe did what they could to save lives. Their stories command our respect and are our inspiration.
The message of the exhibition is not only of the past. Today there are many people who demonstrate the same courageous involvement and integrity as the rescuers whose stories we tell. In each location, Courage to Care honours a person from the local community, a local hero, who has consistently stood up against prejudice, discrimination and/or bullying, often at personal cost to themselves. Through this, Courage to Care highlights to visitors how they, as individuals, within their own communities, can make a real difference today by choosing not to be bystanders.