Voices Against Indifference Initiative

The Varian Fry Project

September – November 1999

Project Description

The Echo Foundation brought the Varian Fry exhibit to Charlotte on September 26 – November 15, 1999 at the Main Library.

The exhibit, Varian Fry: Assignment Rescue, 1940-1941, commemorated the life of the American journalist who spearheaded the rescue of some 2,500 people, including some of this century’s most prolific artists, writers, and scientists from Nazi-occupied France.

This photographic representation of Varian Fry’s rescue operation ran September 26 – November 15, 1999 at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, 310 N. Tryon Street. Curated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the exhibit was the centerpiece of a two-month educational program, “The Varian Fry Project,” sponsored by The Echo Foundation. Dubbed “The Artists’ Oskar Schindler,” Fry secured freedom for such irreplaceable figures as Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, and Jacques Lipchitz.

The highlight of the project was a panel discussion on opening day of the exhibit at Spirit Square’s Performance Place from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Moderated by WFAE’S Mike Collins, the discussion featured panelists who were original members of Fry’s 1940’s Marseilles rescue team. A Patrons’ Reception followed at the Public Library in the Exhibition space.