Shoah – How was it Humanly Possible?
25. January 2022, ZRC SAZU Ljubljana
The root cause of the Holocaust was Nazi anti-Jewish racist ideology, and Nazi Germany carried out the Holocaust with the help of collaborators. Ever since the Nazis came to power in 1933, Germany has pursued a policy that first deprived Jews of their rights and property, followed by the marking and concentration of the Jewish population in special places – in the ghettos. After the attack on the Soviet Union in 1941, the Nazis and their aides intensified violence against Jews and began to systematically exterminate them. By 1945, nearly 6 million Jews had been murdered.
An exhibition at the Yad Vashem Memorial Center in Jerusalem chronologically presents the lives of Jews between the two world wars, in Nazi Germany, occupied Europe and the ghettos, the turn in Nazi politics leading to the “final solution” and deportations to death camps, the Jewish response to persecution and their resistance, the attitude of the majority society and the role of the Righteous among the nations, and in the conclusion it also presents how the Jews experienced liberation and how they gradually tried to revive after the horrific experience of the Holocaust.
The Slovenian version of the exhibition with the original title “Shoah – How was it Humanly Possible?” was published in 2021 by the Embassy of the State of Israel for Slovenia in cooperation with the Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor. The text of the exhibition was translated into Slovene by Bernarda Avsenik, Slavica Ferjanc, Renato Flis, Mojca Horvat, Nina Intihar, Tatjana Sabo, Damjan Snoj and Stanka Stružnik. The linguistic review of the translation was performed by Darja Gabrovšek Homšak, and it was expertly reviewed by Bernarda Avsenik, Marjetka Bedrač, Boris Hajdinjak, Vojko Kunaver and Damjan Snoj.
The virtual opening of the exhibition will be on Tuesday, 25th of January, at 6 p.m. You can view it HERE.
Deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka and Majdanek Death Camps, April – May 1943 (from the Yad Vashem Collections, Jerusalem)