Drake SJMC to host U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibit

A traveling exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will be displayed in Drake University’s Meredith Hall, 2805 University Ave., through March 22.

“Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust” was on display at the museum in Washington, D.C., from 2014 until 2018. According to the exhibit’s promotional material:

“The exhibition explores how neighbors — workers, teenagers, policemen, religious leaders, business associates, teachers and friends — made individual choices that amounted to collaboration, complicity and, less frequently, resistance with regard to Nazi Germany’s persecution and murder of Jews. One of the aims of the exhibit is to underscore, for our own times, each individual’s connections to and responsibilities when our neighbors are threatened by neglect, animosity or imminent danger.”

The exhibit’s visit to Iowa is sponsored by the Iowa Council for Holocaust Education, and the Drake display was facilitated by associate professor Dorothy Pisarski of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. There is also an online version of the exhibit:  http://somewereneighbors.ushmm.org/#/exhibitions