The Courage to make a difference
IT was the year 1941. For seven months Halina Robinson was forced to sit in a tiny cupboard for up to eight hours a day.
When she wanted to go to the bathroom, she would hang a tiny red scarf and someone would come and get her when it was safe.
She was just 13, and was one of the few Polish Jews to survive the Holocaust.
Halina's horrific journey was one of the stories told during the Courage to Care exhibition when it was in Port Macquarie recently.
On August 16 it will come to the Grafton Regional Gallery.
Courage to Care is a unique antiracism program and travelling exhibition, designed to show visitors that individuals can make a difference ? just as those who sheltered Halina from persecution did during World War II.
The program incorporates three parts. The first is an exhibition which focuses on the stories of nonJews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.
The second is survivor testimonies, where students and visitors are given the opportunity to meet survivors of the Holocaust and hear their personal stories.
The third part, designed for students, is a living in harmony workshop to help students identify areas of prejudice and discrimination in their society and empower them with the understanding that they can make a difference.
Courage to Care has been touring around Australia since 1999 and has been seen by more than 155,000 people.
Courage to Care chairman Andrew Havas said the exhibition emphasised the importance of standing up against racism and persecution, especially in relation to minority groups.
"Courage to Care is committed to upholding the dignity and worth of every human being," he said.
"It strives to maintain and strengthen democratic societies in which everyone, irrespective of racial, religious or ethnic back- ground, is treated as equal."