2020: Butterflies of Hope & Remembrance

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Whoever Saves a Single Life...Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust Exhibit

Grades 6 through 12

Selby Public Library
1331 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

Beginning March 3
Any time after 10:00 AM weekdays
Length It takes approx. 30 min. to view the exhibit

Adult docents through Butterflies of Hope available upon request.
See additional questions in registration form to request.
Reservations Register directly via the EOD Field Trip Registration form
1. Under Make-A-Day Of It!, select "Butterflies of Hope & Remembrance Exhibit"
2. Answer the additional questions for this opportunity

Whoever Saves a Single Life… Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust showcases some of those rare – but exceedingly important – instances where people fought to safeguard their Jewish fellow citizens during the Holocaust. The exhibit includes a history of the Holocaust as well as panels on rescue networks, young rescuers, religious rescuers, and sections on Americans in Europe and the diplomatic corps.

During World War II, more than 27,000 Gentiles, referred to as the “Righteous Among the Nations” (Rescuers) did not stand by silently but at a time when hostility and indifference were the prevalent attitudes, stood up for what was right and compassionate. The Rescuers came from different nations, religions and walks of life and all shared eight honorable traits that allowed them to transcend obstacles, even danger, to protect their fellow humans. 

Curated by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) and sponsored by Sarasota's Butterflies of Hope & Remembrance Project, the exhibit contains panels focused on the following topics/themes:

  • The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous and its mission
  • Webs of Survival: Rescue Networks
  • Taking Action: Young Rescuers
  • Faith in Action: Religious Rescue
  • Shielding Our Citizens: Rescue in Denmark
  • Outwitting Evil: Ingenuity in Rescue
  • Against All Odds: Rescue in the Camps
  • From Words to Deeds: Americans in Europe
  • Defying Orders: Rescue in Uniform
  • Precarious Life: Shelter and Hiding
  • Envoys of Humanity: The Diplomats

Teacher Workshop

Teachers from Manatee and Sarasota public schools can enhance their knowledge of the role courageous people played in the Holocaust through a training on March 2, 2020 by Stanlee J. Stahl, Executive Vice President of the JFR.

To sign up, contact Bette Zaret (Creator and Chair, Butterflies of Hope & Remembrance) by email.

Education Resources

One of the features of the exhibit is a series of posters displaying the eight “Traits That Transcend.”

Classroom copies (created by JFR) of these posters can be requested through Butterflies of Hope & Remembrance. The set conveys a message that the Righteous are not just heroes from the past, but also role models for the present. 

To request posters, contact Bette Zaret by email.

Poster Resource Handouts
Poster Lesson Plan


Exhibit sponsored by the Butterflies of Hope and Remembrance project, in collaboration with The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, the Sarasota County Sarasota County Libraries & Historical Resources, Embracing Our Differences, Temple Beth Israel and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee