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More than 1.1 million people were murdered behind the barbed-wire fences of Auschwitz between May
1940 and January 1945. How could this happen?
Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. is the most comprehensive exhibi$on dedicated to the history
of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America. It is now on view at the
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manha*an for a limited
engagement.
Featuring more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs, the New York presenta$on of the
exhibi$on allows visitors to experience ar$facts from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on view for
the 3rst $me in North America, including hundreds of personal items—such as suitcases, eyeglasses, and
shoes—that belonged to survivors and vic$ms of Auschwitz.
Other ar$facts include concrete posts that were part of the fence of the Auschwitz camp; fragments of
an original barrack for prisoners from the Auschwitz III-Monowitz camp; a desk and other possessions of
the 3rst and the longest serving Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss; a gas mask used by the SS;
Picasso’s Lithograph of Prisoner; and an original German-made Model 2 freight train car used for the
deporta$on of Jews to the ghe*os and extermina$on camps in occupied Poland.
Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. was conceived of by Musealia and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State
Museum and curated by an interna$onal panel of experts, including world-renowned scholars Dr.
Robert Jan van Pelt, Dr. Michael Berenbaum, and Paul Salmons, in an unprecedented collabora$on with
historians and curators at the Research Center at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, led by Dr. Piotr
Setkiewicz.
The exhibiton features ar$facts and materials—never before seen in North America—on loan from
more than 20 ins$tu$ons and private collec$ons around the world, including Yad Vashem in Jerusalem,
Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and the
Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oświęcim.
Throughout its presenta$on of Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., the Museum will host a series
of related public, educa$onal, and scholarly programming, featuring world-renowned experts on the
Holocaust. The Museum will also expand its work with students in the tri-state area and introduce
complementary educa$onal tools for in-class and onsite use.
Following the New York presenta$on, the exhibi$on is intended to tour other ci$es around the world.
For more informa$on, visit Auschwitz.nyc
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