"Croatian Righteous Among the Nations: A Photographic History"

Jan. 27, 2014 through Feb. 16, 2014
Laurie & Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library

"Croatian Righteous Among the Nations" tells the story of the brave citizens of Croatia who while living under the Nazi puppet Ustashi regime, resisted fascist oppression and risked their lives to save Jews from persecution and murder.

The "righteous among the nations" title is given by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. A special commission, headed by the Supreme Court Justice of the State of israel, bestows the title on each honoree. Rescuers receive a plaque of honor and medal and their names are engraved on the walls of the Garden of the Righteous. By January 2013, more than 24,000 righteous men and women from 47 countries had been recognized and honored with that title; 109 among them are Croatian.

The exhibition was curated by Branka Sömen based on the book by Miriam Steiner-Aviezer “Hrvatski Pravednici” ("Croatian Righteous") Steiner-Aviezer, born in Karlovac, Croatia, is a child holocaust survivor. She lives in Israel and is a member of the committee for recognizing righteous at Yad Vashem.

This exhibition was organized by the Holocaust Museum and Educational Center; Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Chicago; and the Public Diplomacy Service, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.

Generous support for the exhibition was provided by: Chicago Bulls Charities; Holland & Knight; Iron Financial; LLC; and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jakubowich.This exhibition is presented courtesy of the Consulate of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America.

"Righteous Among the Nations" Mate Buterin and Anka Ostric with the author Miriam Steiner-Aviezer (middle) at their awa
"Righteous Among the Nations" Mate Buterin and Anka Ostric with the author Miriam Steiner-Aviezer (middle) at their award ceremony.
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