MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A new exhibit at Kansas State University is shedding light on amazing rescues and acts of kindness from the Holocaust.
Consul general Paulina Kapuscincka from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago was on hand Monday night for the opening of “The Righteous Among the Nations” exhibit at K-State’s Hale Library.
The exhibit is a tribute to some of Poland’s most courageous citizens who risked their lives and the lives of their families to hide and help Jews during WWII when Poland was occupied by the Germans.
“This is an exhibit representing Polish heroes- those who during the war rescued many, many Jews despite very difficult times, terror and the death penalty,” Kapuscincka told WIBW.
“This is very important because it’s a matter of education. It happened only 70, 80 years ago and we have to remember what happened at that time in order to prevent anything like that from happening again in the future. Here on this beautiful campus, you have hundreds of students- people who can learn and develop the future approach of how to talk and work together in order to prevent any atrocity like that in the future,” she added.
Kapuscincka also recognized Kansas connections to one of the heroes, Irena Sendler. Sendler smuggled thousands of children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and a class project by teacher Norman Conard and three of his students in Uniontown, Kan., captured her story by writing a play about her life. The play has received attention world-wide.
The exhibit will be on display at Hale Library through February 28th. School groups are encouraged to arrange tours through K-State’s Libraries’ K-12 instruction program.