The permanent exhibition tells the stories of people who helped Jews suffering persecution during the Nazi dictatorship. It depicts both the plight of the Jews in view of the impending deportations and the actions and motives of the women and men who helped them. It also presents information about the persecution and plight of Jews facing imminent deportation, about how some of them decided to resist the threat to their lives by going underground.
The example set by these helpers–often referred to as "silent heroes"–shows that there was in fact leeway for maneuvering to help people at risk in Nazi Germany and in the German-occupied territories.
The exhibition on the third floor at Stauffenbergstraße 13-14 is centered around ten stories. Objects, documents, and photographs in the exhibition illustrate both successful and failed rescue attempts by individuals and networks. The varied relationships between those who helped and those who had made the conscious decision to defy the Nazi policies of deportations and murder are presented.
Here visitors also have an opportunity to inform themselves at the media tables about additional rescue stories. Moreover, it is possible to conduct intensive research at computer workstations. There is a database documenting several hundred rescuers and people who were helped; it will be expanded on an ongoing basis.