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WWII Exhibition

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    Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers is an original, award-winning exhibition that showcases the heroic efforts of three brothers who helped save more than 1,200 people while living in the forest during the Second World War.  

    Operating in Western Belorussia (Belarus) between 1942 and 1944, the Bielski partisan group was one of the most significant Jewish resistance efforts against Nazi Germany during World War II. As portrayed in the popular film Defiance, the three brothers, Tuvia, Asael, and Zus Bielski, took refuge from the Nazis in the forests surrounding Novogrudok, Belarus. In the forest, they formed a community of men, women, and children. Through the brothers' leadership, the group survived starvation, harsh winters, and the threat of the Nazis and their collaborators. 

    Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers is on loan from The Florida Holocaust Museum. 

    Running concurrently with The Bielski Brothers exhibit, Operation HALYARD: The Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II highlights the heroic mission to rescue downed U.S. Airmen from Nazi-occupied Serbia during the waning months of World War II.  

    Operation HALYARD was the largest and most successful rescue mission of American aircrews in U.S. history. Learn how between August through December 1944, a three-man OSS team, along with Serbian anti-fascist/anti-communist partisans, known as "Chetniks," and the 1st Air Crew Rescue Unit of the U.S.15th Air Force, airlifted more than 500 U.S. Airman out of Serbia.  

    Operation HALYARD is on loan from the Halyard Mission Foundation. 

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