Shofar from Auschwitz on display at N.Y. museum
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Shofar from Auschwitz on display at N.Y. museum

A shofar from Auschwitz, never before on public view. (Courtesy MJHNYC)
A shofar from Auschwitz, never before on public view. (Courtesy MJHNYC)

Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust has added a shofar from Auschwitz to its exhibition, “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.”

The shofar, which was sounded at Auschwitz 75 years ago, was blown during the High Holy Days at two Upper East Side synagogues, the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue (Congregation Beit Edmond) and Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun. It had been hidden and used clandestinely in Auschwitz and will join the more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs in the groundbreaking exhibition, which has been visited by more than 100,000 people since it opened in early May and will be on view until January 3. Until now, this artifact only had been used privately.

The exhibition is coproduced by the international exhibition firm Musealia and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland.

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