Righteous Among the Nations

In collaboration with the College of Education and the School of Leadership Studies, K-State Libraries is proud to host “The Righteous Among the Nations – Help of Polish people for the Jewish population in southern Poland in the years 1939-1945”. 

The exhibit opens on February 4, 2013 with a Grand Opening Celebration and will remain in Hale Library through February 28, 2013. During this time, it is open and viewable during any hours Hale Library is open.

Righteous Among the Nations

The exhibit tells the stories of a group of seemingly ordinary men and women lived in southern Poland and demonstrated extraordinary courage and risked their own lives, and the lives of their families, to help the Jews survive the Holocaust. 

Even though the subject matter of the exhibit is difficult, the message it carries is overwhelmingly positive: a belief in humanity and integrity of human beings at the time when human values were put to the most serious of tests. 

The author of the exhibit is the Polish Institute of National Remembrance. In the U.S., the exhibit is held under the patronage of the Polish Consulate General in Chicago.


40th Anniversary Celebration

K-State Libraries’ sponsorship of the exhibit is connected to a yearlong slate of activities celebrating 40 years of multicultural resource centers in the Libraries.

The Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies offers a way to place this exhibit in the context of a deep, broad understanding of diversity and the effects of fostering awareness, respect, and constructive dialog.

In addition to the exhibit, a curated selection of related materials from the libraries’ collection will be available for browsing or check-out in the Center on Hale’s fourth floor.

A Kansas Connection

Irena Sendler smuggled some 2500 children out of the Warsaw Ghetto. Her story may have been lost forever if not for a class project arising out of a small southeast Kansas community. Three Uniontown High School students taught by Norman Conard became so consumed by Sendler’s story that they wrote a play about her heroic efforts to save Jewish children. The play, titled “Life in a Jar” after the place Sendler stored the children's names, has received international recognition and performances by Uniontown students are in high demand still today. 


School groups are encouraged to arrange tours through K-State Libraries’ K-12 instruction program. Tours may focus solely on the exhibit or include instruction in related research resources. 

Last updated: 08/01/2013