UNESCO 2013 Rescue Clip Reels

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Watch witnesses talking about different aspects of rescue

During the Holocaust, numerous individuals and groups risked their lives to save countless Jews.  Originally displayed for International Holocaust Remembrance Day at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, this exhibit showcases five themes of rescue brought to light in the testimonies of nine Jewish survivors and four rescuers and aid providers.

Organized Rescue

Language: English

This video focuses on the theme of organized rescue, which included both governmental and civilian cooperation. Individuals intervened as part of religious groups, political and resistance groups, and even neighborhoods and villages. This video features the testimonies of Kruuse Caroe, Iréne Rainman-Krausz, and Jean Gamähling who recount their personal experiences of rescue during the Holocaust.

  • Organized Rescue

    Language: English

    This video focuses on the theme of organized rescue, which included both governmental and civilian cooperation. Individuals intervened as part of religious groups, political and resistance groups, and even neighborhoods and villages. This video features the testimonies of Kruuse Caroe, Iréne Rainman-Krausz, and Jean Gamähling who recount their personal experiences of rescue during the Holocaust.

  • Diplomats and Rescue

    Language: English

    This video focuses on the theme of diplomats and rescue and relates some of the best-known cases of aid provided by consulates and embassies including the efforts of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Raoul Wallenberg, and Chiune Sugihara. Diplomats in countries throughout Europe helped Jews escape persecution by issuing visas and other travel paperwork that allowed Jews to flee Nazi-occupied territory. Featured in the video are the testimonies of Israel Kipen, Per Anger, and Henri Deutsch who recount their personal experiences of rescue during the Holocaust.

  • Rescuing Children

    Language: English

    While more than one million Jewish children died during the Holocaust, some survived in hiding.  This video tells the story of Eva Lewin and her experience in the Kindertransport, a series of rescue efforts that helped nearly 10,000 Jewish children escape from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia to safety in Great Britain.

  • Religion and Rescue

    Language: English


    This video focuses on the theme of religion and rescue, and recounts examples of how religious leaders acted both individually and as part of a network to protest anti-Jewish measures and provide refuge to Jews in convents, monasteries, and private homes. The video shares the experiences of Edward Harvitt and Kurt Lewin, Jewish survivors who were recipients of aid during the Holocaust; and Isaac Sephiha, who worked with Catholic clergy to help Jews.

     

  • Acknowledging Rescuers

    Language: English

    This video focuses on the theme of acknowledging rescue, which recognizes the actions of those who contributed to the rescue and aid of Jews during the Holocaust, and who serve as examples to the world of the importance of preserving human dignity and human rights in the face of extreme danger and authoritarian rule. Many of these individuals have been honored by governments, communities, and local and international organizations for their actions. The video shares the recollections of Jewish survivors Betty Berz, Kurt Lewin, and Estelle Abas and rescue and aid provider Andrée Herscovici.