Exhibition about Poles who saved Jews during WWII opens in Hrodna

People who remained people are the main characters of the exhibition. Photo – Lidia Melkis/ Vecherni Grodno

The Hrodna Choral Synagogue is currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to the Polish movement “Zegota” which helped to save the Jews under the German occupation. The event organized by the Polish Consulate in Hrodna and the Jewish community was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

The organizers want to remind the visitors of the exhibition about the damage the incitement to hatred can lead to, they also want to show the examples of courage and dedication of the “Zegota” members.

“In order for people to respect each other, they must know, and not live by myths, tales, and third-party representations about others. Our goal is to show this story through the cinema and the exhibition,” says the organizer of the exhibition, Yauhen Kalodzin, to Belsat.

“Zhegot” is the code name for the underground “Polish Council to Aid Jews”, which existed from December 1942 until the end of the war.

According to the Consul General of Poland in Hrodna, Jaroslaw Ksiazek, “it is necessary to show the evil that happened in thee past, for it to reach people, especially young people.”

“But we should also boast about what was good in those inhuman conditions,” adds the consul.

Visitors to the exhibition were able to watch the film “The Wife of the Zoo Warden” in Belarusian. It is the story about the real feat of a Warsaw family who, at the risk of their own lives, saved more than 300 Jews from the Nazis.