“Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” – the most comprehensive Holocaust exhibition about Auschwitz ever presented in North America – will be on view at The Museum of Jewish Heritage from May 8, 2019 through January 3, 2020. Produced in partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland and the international exhibition firm Musealia, this groundbreaking exhibition was curated by an international team of experts led by historian Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt. Featuring more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs, the New York presentation will allow visitors to experience artifacts from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, including hundreds of personal items—such as suitcases, eyeglasses, and shoes—that belonged to survivors and victims of Auschwitz. Among the artifacts on view are 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 Rudolf Höss, the first and the longest serving Auschwitz commandant; a gas mask used by the SS; Picasso’s “Lithograph of Prisoner” and an original German-made Model 2 freight wagon used for the deportation of Jews to the ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland.
Suitcases confiscated from deportees at Auschwitz; in the background is a photograph of hostages arriving at the camp. Exhibition installation, Centro de Exposiciones Arte Canal, Madrid, 2017. ©Musealia