Auschwitz exhibition goes on show in New York

An exhibition about the Nazi German concentration camp of Auschwitz will go on show at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York on Wednesday.

Entitled Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, the display earlier had a successful run at Madrid’s Arte Canal Exhibition Centre, where it was extended twice and attracted more than 600,000 visitors.

The travelling exhibition is a joint project by the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in Poland, experts from other countries and Spanish company Musealia.

The show is made up of more than 700 objects, most of which come from the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in the southern Polish city of Oświęcim. Some 100 rare artifacts have been incorporated into the exhibition from the collection of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The exhibits include personal belongings of camp victims and of the Nazi Germans who ran the camp.

The exhibition traces the development of Nazi ideology and the transformation of Auschwitz into the world’s deadliest Holocaust site, where 1 million Jews, and tens of thousands of Polish political prisoners, Sinti and Roma, and Soviet POWs perished during World War II.

The exhibition’s opening on May 8 will mark the anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, when the Allies celebrated Nazi Germany’s surrender of its armed forces and the end of World War II in 1945.

The Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away exhibition is due to run at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage until January 3.

It will later tour other cities around the world.

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