Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.

The exhibition brings together more than 700 original objects of great historic and human value, direct witnesses of the horrors of Auschwitz and the Holocaust that serve as the guiding thread of a rigorous and moving account on the history of the camp and its dwellers, both victims and perpetrators.

Through this daunting selection of objects from more than 20 institutions and museums all over the world, the Auschwitz exhibition portrays the complex reality of the notorious camp, universal symbol of the Nazi horror, and the world of victims and perpetrators with a clear goal – to elucidate how such a place could come into beingand dig into how its existence has determined our present worldview.

Most of these objects have never been shown to an audience before.

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A powerful exhibition recalling the horrors of the Holocaust. Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away includes more than 700 artifacts from what was the largest concentration camp established by the Nazis during World War II under German Chancellor Adolf Hitler. More than one million people died there between 1940 and 1945. 

The traveling exhibition represents an extraordinary collaboration among more than 20 museums across the globe, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, the Anne Frank House, and Yad Vashem, and it is described as the first traveling exhibition on Auschwitz. 

The show arrives in a time of rising antisemitism and bias crimes in the around the world, giving it a particular urgency. The show is arranged chronologically. Among the hundreds of objects included are suitcases that were packed by Jews deported to Auschwitz, portions of an original prison barrack, concrete posts that served as part of the fence that surrounded the camp, a single woman’s red shoe set against a photo of hundreds of shoes confiscated from Auschwitz detainees on their way to the gas chambers, a child’s doll, hundreds of buttons removed from detainees’ clothing, and much more. The vast collection of personal objects is meant to humanize the lives lost at Auschwitz and to serve as a remembrance and as a reminder of the need to combat hate and evil wherever it exists.