Holocaust exhibit opens at Racine Public Library

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RACINE (WITI) -- Walking the aisles, looking at pictures and reading the memories of Holocaust survivors at the Racine Public Library left Milan Meyers in awe.

"I kind of got teary eyed. I was reading their stories and it was like bitter-sweet. I liked it a lot," Meyers said.

The international exhibit at the Racine Public Library honors the brave Polish families who helped save the lives of Jews during WWII..

The exhibit is called "Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued the Jews."

"Realizing again not only what the Jews went through but what the families risked and I'm sure there were many families that got caught and if they got caught they got killed,"  Racine Community Foundation Executive Director Mary Beth Mikrut said.

The exhibit focuses on 21 people in the Krakow region. It tells their story of survival, highlighting those responsible for keeping them alive.

"The survivors then have gone on to share these incredible stories about people who just took care of them, which is incredible because without them they would not have survived," Mikrut said.

Along with the exhibit, the library is hosting movie nights and guest presenters.

"The holocaust was a horrendous event and we want to try to see that end in the world and keeping that discussion alive is part of that," Darcy Mohr with the Racine Public Library said.

As this inspiring exhibit keeps that discussion alive, it also teaches the impact of standing up for what you believe in.

"Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued the Jews" will be on display at the Racine Public Library until April 25th.

The movie and discussion nights are held every Tuesday at 6 p.m. through the end of the exhibit.