It’s not often you get to meet truly remarkable people who have lived through the most harrowing of times. Richard Parasol is such a person. During the exhibit opening, Richard Parasol shared his personal story of survival during the Holocaust. He was saved by a Polish family who took care of him as an orphan.
The exhibit at the University of Washington educates about righteous individuals who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust in Poland during WWII. The stories of survivors and heroes are told through historical narratives and archival photos, in the context of the broader Polish-Jewish relations.
Lecture and exhibit featured opening remarks by Consul General of the Republic of Poland in LA Mariusz Brymora & Lila Cohen, Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee.
If you are interested in learning more take a look at these books:
At the Mercy of Strangers
Story of a Secret State, My Report to the World by Jan Karski
Image Before My Eyes, A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland Before the Holocaust
The Messenger by Yannick Haenel
The Jews in Polish Culture
Bringing the Dark Past to Light, The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe
Janusz Korczak, The Child’s Right to Respect
Rethinking Poles and Jews
After the Holocaust
Jewish Presence in Absence, The Aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland 1944-2010
Anti-Jewish Violence, Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History