Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away
The Auschwitz exhibition at New York’s Jewish Heritage Museum is nothing short of stunning. With artifacts and ephemera from the time leading up to one of humanity’s darkest events, this exhibition manages to make each item feel very personal through the stories of the people they once belonged to.
It does not gloss over the non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust or exclude items belonging to the perpetrators of this horror. Yet none of the exhibit feels heavy-handed. Rather, once you’ve seen it all, you can then visit the museum’s Garden of Stones, a reflective outdoor setting where trees have literally grown in and through boulders. This ends a visit with hope, that no matter what we face, we can emerge from even the hardest times with faith, hope, and determination.