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From Massive Boxcar To Tiny Shoe, Artifact-Rich Auschwitz Exhibit Tells The Holocaust Story

A German-made World War II-era freight car outside the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Approximately 80 people were crammed in one of these cars when they were deported to Auschwitz. (Courtesy Museum of Jewish Heritage/John Halpern)
A German-made World War II-era freight car outside the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Approximately 80 people were crammed in one of these cars when they were deported to Auschwitz. (Courtesy Museum of Jewish Heritage/John Halpern)

Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.” opens Wednesday at the Museum of Jewish Heritage ( @MJHnews) in New York. The exhibit, produced in partnership with Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, brings more than 700 artifacts to North America for the first time to tell the story of the Holocaust — from the rise of anti-Semitism to the liberation of the camps.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young toured the museum with Auschwitz expert and chief curator  Robert Jan van Pelt and museum board chair Bruce Ratner.

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