Red bicycle projects

"Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of 

the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle." Helen Keller

One of the most treasured possessions of Eva Heyman was her red bicycle which was taken away from her by the police because she was Jewish.

Tikvah has a number of proposals, subject to appropriate funding, to create Red Bicycle projects which remember the life of Eva Heyman and other young people that perished in the Holocaust.

Red bicycle

The first project in the series has been to create an exhibition to be taken into schools

and other public locations in order to illustrate the life of Eva. The exhibition which also

shows the dangers of prejudice and discrimination has been generously funded by Joods

Humanitair Fonds.

Launch of Exhibition

On 29 March 2012 Asociatia Tikvah was pleased to launch its exhibition telling the story

of Eva Heyman, a Jewish girl with a red bicycle. At the Colegiul National Mihai Eminescu

in Oradea the exhibition was introduced by Emilia Teszler, the President of Asociatia Tikvah,

to three classes of the school. Following the launch, the exhibition was opened to all the

pupils of the school.

romanian newspaper exhibition 1

The exhibition maps the life of Eva Heyman, a young Jewish girl in Oradea in the 1940s,

and compares it with the events across Europe in the same time period. It also focuses

upon the events in 1944 when the large Jewish population of Oradea was imprisoned in

ghettos and then deported to Auschwitz.

However, the message of the exhibition is not to dwell upon a terrible events of 1944,

but to understand how they were allowed to come about and what lessons there are

that apply in today’s world. The exhibition also highlights those who risked their own

lives in saving others and how from those dark days the world united to formulate the

concept of human rights. It enforces the view that it is essential to respect such rights

in today’s world and to be on guard against any growth in new prejudice and


hungarian language newspaper image of exhibition

The exhibition was in place for two days allowing many pupils to gain a greater

understanding of the history of their city and a realisation of where prejudice can lead.

Asociatia Tikvah is extremely grateful to the Joods Humanitair Fonds and the Bernard

Charitable Trust for funding this exhibition. The exhibition will now move on to other

high schools of Oradea and the wider Bihor.

Asociatia Tikvah is very grateful to Librăria Humanitas who made available new books as

prizes for our schools competition.

Since the original launch many more schools have participated and the progress we

have made can be tracked via our News pages.

Reactions from pupils

Whenever our exhibition is taken to a school we endeavour to involve the pupils in

thinking about the issues that the story of Eva Heyman provokes. We give the

pupils the opportunity to express their thoughts in writing. We show the translations

from Romanian of a small selection of those written contributions from one school.

Our second exhibition - Lights in the Night

Our second exhibition reflects that although it is important to remember the evil of the

Holocaust, it is just as important to remember the acts of heroism that took place.

The exhibition covers the heroic actions of the Danish people in saving most of its Jewish

population 70 years ago; the Kindertransport to the UK; the saving of many thousands

of Jews by Romanian diplomats; and the unselfish acts of many from Oradea.

“Lights in the Night” was successfully launched on 4 October 2013 in the presence of

His Excellency Michael Sternberg, the Danish Ambassador to Romania (pictured below).




As with all our exhibitions, schools or communities can ask us to come and

present them at your location.

The story of the Danish rescue and other acts of heroism can be found on

our Help and Rescue section.