A unique Holocaust exhibit that has made its way across Europe is currently on display in Winnipeg.
The exhibit is called "Names Instead of Numbers" and is now showing at the Westminster United Church. It was developed by German high school students and volunteers as part of the Dachau Remembrance Book project.
"The importance is for us to remember that the people that were imprisoned...all were people who had families who loved them, who had stories, who had aspirations, who had a history and who weren't just numbers." said Belle Millo, the chair of the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre, who co-ordinating the exhibit in Winnipeg.
Names Instead of Numbers uses banners to detail the lives of 22 men of Christian and Jewish faith who were imprisoned at the Dachau concentration camp. It shows just how encompassing the Nazi crackdown was on groups of various political, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
The Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre, located at the Asper Jewish Community campus already has a permanent Holocaust exhibit. So Dr. James Christie, theology professor at the University of Winnipeg, helped connect the Freeman Family Foundation with the Westminster United Church to house this travelling exhibit.
Everyone is invited to view the exhibit, and all Christian religious symbols will be covered in the church to make for a more inviting environment for people of differing faiths.
The exhibit was first unveiled four years ago in Germany at the former Dachau site in the Protestant Church of Reconciliation.
The exhibit runs until April 15 and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends.