Retelling the Horrors of Auschwitz at a Museum in New York

By Jonathan Spira on 3 May 2019
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Outside, a freight car of the kind used by the National Socialists to deport Jews, gay men, and Roma to the ghettos of occupied Poland and to concentration and extermination camps throughout Europe.

Inside, tiny children’s shoes, eyeglasses, a gas mask used by the SS, the desk used by Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss, and pots and pans that would have been extremely ordinary had their owners not perished in the Holocaust.

These artifacts are all part of the exhibition, entitled “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.” that will open to the public on May 8, the day Germany surrendered in 1945, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

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Auschwitz. The very name connotes terror, genocide… the Holocaust.

The idea for the exhibition began with Musealia, a Spanish company that creates traveling shows, and was created with the support of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, located on the site of the concentration camp. The exhibition’s first stop was the Centro de Exposiciones Art Canal in Madrid in 2017.

Konzentrationslager Auschwitz – Auschwitz concentration camp – was in actuality a collection of camps, over 40 in all, including Auschwitz II-Birkenau, the extermination camp, and Auschwitz III-Monowitz, established to hold prisoners who would staff an IG Farben synthetic rubber factor that would aid the war effort.

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