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Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued the Jews Opening Night Reception

  • Time:

    6:00 p.m.
  • Date:

    Monday, January 23, 2012
  • Location:

    Otto A. Shults Center Forum

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Nazareth College hosts an extraordinary photographic exhibit, Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued the Jews, in the Nazareth College Otto A. Shults Center lobby. The opening night reception will include music performed by the Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Nancy Strelau, with a soprano solo performed by Soo Yeon Kim, poetry readings, and a closing performance by Eastman School of Music graduate Beata Golec. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Cellist Julia Shulman and pianist EunMi Ko will perform Bruch: Kol Nidre while refreshments are served. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public seven days a week from 8 a.m. to midnight starting January 23 – February 19, 2012. 

About the Exhibit

The Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued the Jews pays tribute to individuals honored as Righteous Among the Nations by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Israel, paying special attention to more than 6,000 Polish recipients. The photographic exhibition focuses on twenty-one such recipients who all live in the Kraków region of Poland today. During the Holocaust, these individuals risked their lives to save persecuted Jews with no reward for themselves. Today, thousands of descendants of those rescued Jews live around the world. The exhibition comprises twenty-one portrait photographs by the late photographer and Founder/Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Chris Schwarz. These are accompanied by the biographies and historical photographs of the award recipients, along with exhibition texts and an introduction by the Polish-Jewish journalist and intellectual, Konstanty Gebert. The exhibition records just a handful of the remarkable stories in order to make them accessible, so that others may be challenged by their acts of selflessness and move to action in the world today.

Event Info

Sponsored By:
Nazareth College and the Center for International Education, the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, the Religious Studies Department, the Jewish Federation of Rochester, the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester, and the Polish Falcons.
Contact Information:
To request more information on the exhibit, please e-mail or call the Center for International Education at (585)389-2371.
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