New Holocaust Exhibit Opens In Jacksonville

Feb 21, 2019

The Frisch Family Holocaust Gallery has just opened an exhibit called Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage from the Holocaust, focusing on the individuals who risked their lives to protect those persecuted during WWII.

Countess Maria von Maltzan from "Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage from the Holocaust"
Credit Gay Block

The Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery, housed within the Jewish Family & Community Services Headquarters, is the only Holocaust Memorial Gallery between Atlanta and Miami.

Photographer Gay Block and writer Malka Drucker spent three years collecting the stories and photographs of more than 100 people who hid, protected, and saved Jews in Europe during World War II.

When asked about the stories that were collected, Block told Melissa Ross on Thursday's First Coast Connect, “[They] are unbelievable stories of heroism, and all of them say they are not heroes.”

Arnold Douwes from "Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage from the Holocaust"
Credit Gay Block

The Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage from the Holocaust, was exhibited internationally at over 50 venues, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts and The Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. The exhibit has an accompanying book of the same name that is in its fourth printing.

The Jacksonville exhibition opened at the Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery, which is located at 8540 Baycenter Road, on February 20, 2019. It is free and open to the public Monday- Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be on view through the fall.

Listen to the full interview with Block on Thursday’s First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross.

Amanda Brannon can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org, 904-358-6317.

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