Visas for Life: The Righteous and Honorable Diplomats
Dec. 12, 2003 – Feb. 15, 2004
VIP Sponsors’ Reception: Dec. 6 - 9 pm
Opening Reception: Dec. 12, 2003, 7 - 10 pm
This exhibition will tell for the first time an important and untold story of the Holocaust. It features the dramatic story of diplomats from diverse countries, cultures, and backgrounds who by the end of the war had saved tens of thousands of Jewish lives. These diplomats rescued Jews and other refugees at the peril of their careers and, oftentimes, their lives – especially as some of these brave diplomats were from Axis countries, Italy and Japan. Their stories collectively may constitute the largest rescue of Jews and other refugees during the Nazi Holocaust. This exhibition is based on original photographs and other archival materials collected from the families of the diplomats and the historical accounts by survivors and original government records.
Visas for Life opens in Paris in the fall of 2003 and will come to Hollywood for its only East Coast showing this year. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Better Don’t Talk!, co-presented by the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, and the City of Hollywood.