In this exhibit, a project of the Jewish Historical Society
of Greater Hartford , forty Connecticut residents describe their
experiences as Jews in the Soviet Union during World War
II. Through oral history, photographs, and historical documents, they speak
compellingly about courage, patriotism, compassion,and
endurance in the face of catastrophe. They also convey the
powerful identification with their native country felt by
many Jews during this era —and their dilemma when
fellow citizens treated them as outsiders.
After a brief overview of the changing situation of Jews in the Soviet Union prior to World War II, the exhibition focuses on five main topics: Defending the Motherland, Rescuing the Wounded, Fleeing the Nazis, Surviving in Hiding —Ghettos and Camps, and Fighting in the Forests. Most of the survivors portrayed came to Connecticut as refugees from the Soviet Union in the 1990’s, and the exhibit includes a brief update on each of them.
Also on display is a video of some of the interviews,and a copy of the Memorial Book compiled by one of the survivors, the original of which is housed at Yad Vashem, a Holocaust museum, archive, and memorial in Jerusalem.
Babbidge Library,Plaza Level, West Alcove
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