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ARCHIVE > RESISTANCE & MEMORY IN BELGIUM, 1940-1945:                     MULTIPLE NARRATIVES

Andrée Geulen, rue Neuve, Brussels, May 1944.

Hidden under the innersole of her shoe are the names of the two children she is on her way to rescue.

Resistance and Memory in Belgium, 1940-1945: Multiple Narratives

A documentary installation by Anne Griffin

With contemporary photographs by Jean-Marc Gourdon

February 21 - May 26, 2017

Resistance and Memory in Belgium, 1940-1945: Multiple Narratives evokes the moral courage of women and men who resisted Nazi occupation and tyranny in their small country. Contemporary portraits by the French photographer Jean-Marc Gourdon, and testimonies gathered by Dr. Anne Griffin, Professor of Political Science at The Cooper Union, present some of the last living members of that resistance. A former Fulbright fellow, Dr. Griffin revisits over ten years of research to present a fresh iteration of this exhibition, which previously appeared at The Cooper Union (2005), Yeshiva University Museum (2006-2007), and Amsterdam’s Dutch Resistance Museum (2008). The intersecting stories of this exhibit highlight the resisters' brilliant and daring feats against the German war machine, the movement's diffusion across Europe's borders, and the role of Belgium's Jews in rescue services, among other narratives.

In addition to reading each resister's personal testimony, visitors are invited to take part in a self-guided experience based on one of these six written narratives posted at the entrance to the gallery:  Escape and Evasion Lines, Intelligence and Action Services, Moral Courage, Resistance Across Borders, Belgium's Jews in the Resistance, and Resistance in Flanders.  Please contact amanda.nocera@qc.cuny.edu to request a recorded audio guide (.mp3) of any of these narratives. 

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