A German-made World War II-era Model 2 freight car was installed outside the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in lower Manhattan as part of the travelling exhibition called “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” The Nazis used freight cars like this one to deport people to ghettos, killing centers, and concentration and extermination camps. Ultimately, 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz, and 1.1 million of those were murdered there. Approximately 80 people were crammed in a freight car when they were deported to Auschwitz. When the cars returned, their human freight unloaded, they were filled with their possessions.
The freight car, which was installed on March 31, is part of the largest exhibition about Auschwitz in the United States. It features more than 700 objects, many never seen before in the United States, including a barrack from Auschwitz III-Monowitz, Picasso’s lithograph “Prisoner,” original drawings by Alfred Kantor and David Olère, unpublished memoirs, and personal artifacts. Learn more at www.Auschwitz.nyc or mjhnyc.org or call (646) 437-4202. The museum is at 36 Battery Place in Manhattan.
The Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance and Education in Suffern, N.Y., plans a trip to see “Auschwitz Not long ago. Not far away” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on June 26. The cost includes round trip bus transportation from the Rockland JCC, kosher lunch, and a guided tour. For more information, call (845) 574-4099 or go to holocauststudies.org.