Groundbreaking NY exhibit on Auschwitz is extended

Published in the CT Jewish Ledger. See original article here.

NEW YORK, NY – Due to an overwhelming response, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust has announced that “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away,” described as the most comprehensive Holocaust exhibition about Auschwitz ever presented in North America, will be extended until August 30, 2020. Produced by the international exhibition firm Musealia and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, the groundbreaking exhibition is the largest ever on Auschwitz.

Open since May, to date more than 106,000 people from across the country and globe have come to the Museum to see the exhibition, which includes more than 700 objects and 400 photographs, mainly from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The exhibit traces the development of Nazi ideology and tells the transformation of Auschwitz from an ordinary Polish town known as Oświęcim to the largest German Nazi concentration camp and the most significant site of the Holocaust – at which ca. one million Jews, and tens of thousands of others, were murdered. 

The exhibition also features 10 artifacts on loan from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Most recently, the Museum incorporated into the exhibit a shofar that was hidden and clandestinely blown in the Auschwitz, as well as nearly 100 rare artifacts from its collection that relay the experience of survivors and liberators who found refuge in the greater New York area.

For information, including museum hours and individual ticket prices, call (646) 437-4202. For information on group sales, call (646) 437-4304 or visit groupvisits@mjhnyc.org. Admission to the exhibit is free for Holocaust survivors, active members of the military and first responders, and students and teachers through grade 12 in schools located in the tri-state area (with valid school-issued ID).

Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Is located at 36 Battery Place in New York City.