This is the largest exhibit on Auschwitz ever shown in the U.S.
“The exhibit starts outside with a box car,” Museum of Jewish Heritage chairman Bruce Ratner explained. “Jews were taken from their little hometowns or big hometowns. They were put into freight cars. They went to Auschwitz.”
The exhibit it titled, “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” It’s being held at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage. More than 700 original objects from the Holocaust are on display including personal items of victims and survivors of Auschwitz.
“The purpose of the exhibit is really to recognize, to learn, to teach, to educate about what happened in the Nazi era and particularly at Auschwitz,” Ratner said. “It really is about what hate and discrimination can do.”
Ray Kaner, born in Poland, was taken by the Nazis to Auschwitz in 1944. She was later moved to another camp, where she was liberated at the Allies.
“Hitler and the Nazis wanted to kill all the Jews. It doesn’t matter whether they good or bad because we are not criminals,” she said. “And the country, the ordinary citizens didn’t feel bad about it.”
Auschwitz was Germany’s largest concentration camp during WWII. Between 1940-1945, more than 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz.
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