Between Life and Death. Stories of Rescue during the Holocaust

On October 16th and 17th, H401 attended the ENRS Conference “What’s the point of history… if we never learn?” that explored the concepts of Dialogue, Remembrance and Solidarity in Europe.

On October 17th, ENRS inaugurated at the Faculty of Theology of the Humboldt University (Berlin) the German stop-over of the travelling exhibition “Between Life and Death. Stories of Rescue during the Holocaust”. This project sheds light on stories of rescue in twelve European countries: Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine. Through each panel, the exhibition amplifies the voices of the rescuers and survivors by focusing on their personal experiences of the hiding years and framing them in their larger historical and social context.

The exhibition first opened in Brussels at the headquarters of the European Commission on January 24, 2018 on the eve of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The following European city hosting the exhibition was Amsterdam, at the H401 from June 14th until August 15th 2018. 
H401 contributed to “Between Life and Death” by presenting Claus Bock’s story. He was one of the two young Jews, together with Buri Wongtschowski, that Gisèle aided in hiding in one of the apartments in the Herengracht 401 throughout the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands.

ENRS Director Rafaɫ Rogulski and Prof. Jan Rydel, member of the ENRS Steering Committee attended the opening at H401, at that time known as Castrum Peregrini.

“Between life and Death. Stories of Rescue during the Holocaust” is a joint project of ENRS (PL), POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (PL), and Silent Heroes Memorial Center (GR).

Link to the ENRS exhibition catalogue here, Claus’ story can be found at page 13.

Opening Exhibition at H401 on June 14th 2018 – photo credit  Bas Losekoot.


Opening Exhibition in Berlin on October 17th 2023 – photo credit Dominik Tryba.