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Holocaust Memorial Recognizes Those Who Rescued Jews from Nazis

PHOTO: Thousands of people who rescued Jews from likely death during the Holocaust are the focus of an Israel-based Holocaust memorial now on display at the University of Nevada, Reno. Photo courtesy of the University of Nevada - Reno.
PHOTO: Thousands of people who rescued Jews from likely death during the Holocaust are the focus of an Israel-based Holocaust memorial now on display at the University of Nevada, Reno. Photo courtesy of the University of Nevada - Reno.
July 13, 2015

RENO, Nev. - A holocaust memorial from Israel on display at the University of Nevada, Reno pays tribute to the thousands of people who rescued those who may have otherwise died at the hands of the Nazis.

Paul Baker Prindle, the University Galleries director, says the exhibition, "I Am My Brother's Keeper: A Tribute to the Righteous Among the Nations," is making its U.S. debut at UNR.

"It's an exhibition that tells the stories of a group of people called the Righteous Among the Nations," he says. "Which is about 26,000 people who the State of Israel, through a pretty rigorous process has determined risked their lives to save Jews from extermination during the Holocaust."

Baker Prindle says many of the stories are similar in tone to that of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist credited with saving hundreds of Jewish people by employing them in his factories. Schindler's story was made famous in the Academy Award winning film "Schindler's List". Baker Prindle says the Righteous Among the Nations group is credited with 10,000 confirmed rescues during the Holocaust.

He says there are children of Holocaust survivors living in Northern Nevada, and says Jewish people have a history in the state dating back to the first miners seeking their fortunes in Virginia City.

"The history of Jews in Nevada is really robust - since the earliest days Jews have been living here and contributing in various ways," says Baker Prindle. "So I think this story speaks to our constituency in a way that uncovers histories that a lot of people in Nevada might not know about."

The memorial, on display through mid-August, is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m Monday through Thursday in the Jot Travis Building on the UNR campus.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV