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Varian Fry Exhibition:
An American Who Saved The Lives of More Than 2,000 Anti-Nazis and Jews

Verian Fry walking

A traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Varian Fry, ASSIGNMENT: RESCUE, 1940-1941, will be on display at the University of South Carolina Upstate from February 2 to March 5 in the Campus Life Center. The exhibition chronicles Fry’s heroic efforts to help political and intellectual refugees escape Nazi-controlled Vichy France in 1940 and 1941. Fry is an unlikely hero, an American who saved the lives of more than 2,000 anti-Nazis and Jews. The exhibition tells the story of a man who showed profound courage to save some of Europe's greatest artists, writers and thinkers. Read more... 

The Varian Fry exhibition is sponsored by USC Upstate and Congregation B’nai Israel. Funding was provided by the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust. The exhibition and all events associated with it are free and open to the public.

Photo: Varian Fry walking along the street in Marseilles. Image Courtesy Annette Fry. 

Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.
Film screening, The Children of Chabannes 
Campus Life Center Ballroom
A tale of courage, resilience and love set during WWII, The Children of Chabannes tells the story of how the people of a tiny village in unoccupied France, chose action over indifference and saved the lives of 400 Jewish refugee children.

Thursday, February 26, 3:30 p.m.
Panel discussion, “Rescuers: The Altruistic Personality”
Campus Life Center Ballroom
Panelists include USC Upstate faculty members Dr. Mark Packer, adjunct professor of philosophy; Rev. Ron Leonard, adjunct instructor of religion and a Methodist minister; Dr. David Damrel, assistant professor of religion; and Dr. Warren Carson, professor of English and chair of the Department of Languages, Literature and Composition. Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz, spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel, will moderate the discussion.

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.
Film screening, Varian's War
Campus Life Center 309
If you liked Schindler's List, then Varian's War is a must-see. In this fact-based story, you'll discover and be amazed by the exploits of Varian Fry, also known as "America's Schindler." Because of Fry's efforts, more than 2,000 Jews, including many artists and writers, were able to escape from France during the Holocaust. William Hurt, Julia Ormond, Lynn Redgrave and Alan Arkin star.


For more information, contact Dr. Catherine Canino, associate professor of English, at (864) 503-5657 or Dr. Robert McCormick, adjunct professor of philosophy and art history, at (864) 503-5723.

February 2 - March 5
in the Campus Life Center

Mon-Fri: 12 - 4 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


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