Past Exhibit

Defying the Devil: Christian Clergy Who Helped Jews Escape from the Holocaust

Indifference was the most common reaction of the masses of non-Jewish Europeans witnessing the Nazi crimes committed against Jews. The majority of the European Christian clergy either openly supported the Nazis, remained indifferent, or feared that open criticism would bring the wrath of the Nazis on the clergy itself. However, this exhibit explores the lives and choices of those clergy members who hid Jewish refugees, issued false baptismal certificates, or pressed fellow clergy and government officials to save Jews from certain death. Some of these clergy even paid with their own lives for their courageous deeds.