Current Exhibit

Conspiracy of Goodness: How French Protestants Rescued Thousands of Jews During WWII

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 Valley saved 3,500 Jews from Nazi Germany, and the soldiers of Vichy, France.

Villagers of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon 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, even while they, the Huguenots or 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.

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Core Exhibit

World War II & The Holocaust

The KHC core exhibit space, is a group of kiosks, a twenty foot long multi-media time line and mounted interactive computerized exhibits that tell the story of the Holocaust, beginning in pre-World War II Germany and continuing on to the current day. Residing here is a mixture of artifacts and archival materials from the KHC collection, audio and film clips, and video testimony of local Holocaust survivors reflecting on their experiences.

Past Exhibits

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    The Jacket from Dachau: One Survivor’s Search for Justice, Identity, and Home

    In July of 2015, the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center was contacted by a vintage clothing dealer about a recent acquisition of a unique garment at an estate sale. In the back of a walk-in closet, amid a variety of old shirts and vintage dresses, hung a faded striped jacket. A year later, we now know the story of Benzion Peresecki, a young Jewish man from Lithuania who wore this jacket for ten months in Dachau and kept it for 33 years.

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  • Producing Silence: Hollywood, the Holocaust, and the Jews

    This original illustrated exhibition discusses the impact of the Holocaust, the Nazi party and antisemitism, and their effect on the production and censorship of the American film industry. This exhibit is an attempt to capture and explore some of the tensions that Hollywood faced during the 1930-1942 years.

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  • In the Land of the Shahs: Jewish Lives in Persia/Iran

    This exhibit documents the rich history of the Jews of Persia/Iran. It focuses extensively on World War II, the golden period under the last Shah, the Islamic revolution, and recent struggles of Jews with antisemitism and Holocaust denial. Produced with the involvement of the local Iranian/Persian community and scholars, it contains over 43 historic, archival, and modern day images that help to tell this unique story.

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  • Unwelcomed Words: Nazi Anti-Jewish Street Signs

    In Germany, beginning in 1933, the Nazis implemented anti-Jewish instructions and practices in order to segregate the Jews. This exhibit focuses on the public signs that relentlessly degraded, harassed, offended, hurt, and perniciously contributed to the curtailment of Jewish life in Germany before the outbreak of World War II. 

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