he Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, which JewishGen is an affiliate, is bringing in a new exhibit this Spring, on Auschwitz, “Auschwitz. “Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.”. There will be 700 artifacts in the exhibit which requires the Museum to remove its permanent collection for the exhibit in order to provide the reality of the Nazi Death Camp where 1.1 million people were killed, one million being Jews. The artifacts are a mix of those from Auschwitz, 30 other museums including from the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s own collections. About 2/3’s of the 100 items to be shown from the Museum’s collection have never been displayed previously. The exhibition will take 40 rooms on three floors. . The exhibit opens in New York City on May 8, the date of the Nazi surrender in 1945. It is expected to run through January 3, 2020 at least.
This is the first exhibition to feature major loans of artifacts from the former death camp and is currently being displayed in Madrid, Spain There is a fee for admission which at first was controversial but many Jewish leaders have endorsed the fees to help underwrite the exhibit to teach people who are unable to travel to Auschwitz. The fee in NY will increase from $4.00 to $16.00 , seniors or disabled $12.00, free admission to Holocaust survivors, service members, police and fire fighters, and public school students and teachers. Audio guides are available at no extra charge and available in: English, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Mandarin, German, Polish, or Russian.
The exhibit and similar exhibits in Dallas, Houston and London are expanding their projects because of growing concerns about the spread of intolerance, hate speech, nationalism and xenophobia.
Entrance to the exhibit is by scheduled entry. The website for the museum where you can buy tickets in advance is: https://mjhnyc.org/exhibitions/auschwitz/
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Thank you to Phil Goldfarb, JGS Tulsa president for sharing the New York Times article with us.
Jan Meisels Allen
Ventura and Conejo Valley JGS for bringing this to our attention