Conspiracy Of Goodness
The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center is proud to unveil its newest original exhibition that tells the story of how an isolated Huguenot community in the Haute-Loire region, saved 3,500 Jews from Nazi Germany and the soldiers of Vichy France. Villagers of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the surrounding villages, joined together to conceal, rescue, and provide false documentation for Jews and French Resistance fighters, at great risk to their own lives. They offered sanctuary and kindness to refugees, while they, the Huguenots (French Calvinists), had lived under oppression themselves and were targets of religious persecution for hundreds of years. The unwavering willingness of the villagers of Le Chambon to help those in need is a testament to the power of the human spirit and will serve as an outstanding model to students and other visitors about our responsibility to respond to global events.
This exhibit is curated by Cary Lane, Ph.D., the KHC 2017-2018 Curator-in-Residence and assistant professor of English at Queensborough Community College. Join us for the official public opening on October 15th, 2017 @ 1:00 pm as Dr. Lane discusses the process of research and discovery that led to the development of this new exhibition.View Exhibit