'The wounds have healed but the infection persists': Union Station prepares to host Auschwitz exhibition
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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In the midst of rising anti-Semitic attacks across the country, Union Station prepares to open its latest exhibition, “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.”
Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. ”The exhibition is on pace to be one of the venue’s highest attended, selling close to 60,000 tickets before the opening. More than 700 artifacts tell the story of the concentration camp where 1. 1 million people were killed during the Holocaust. Luis Ferreiro is the exhibition director.
And they are, in the end, an expression of our will to somehow keep their memories alive,” he said. The exhibition explains how antisemitism grew from the middle ages to World War II to create the environment where extermination of Jewish and Roma peoples could happen. “When we talk about the Holocaust, when we talk about Auschwitz, there is always the easy answers.
“But the truth is that the Holocaust would not have been able to happen without the collaboration of the vast majority of the society. The collection of artifacts is making only two stops in the United States, New York City and Kansas City. Executive Vice President and COO at Union Station Jerry Baber said the honor of hosting “Auschwitz.
He's not just doing it to do an exhibit,” Baber said.
Nazi Germany used the railcars to transport people who were Jewish, Polish, Roma and Soviet prisoners to ghettos and concentration camps. Up to 100 people and their belongings would be crammed inside the 215 square foot car for days. Union Station security and the Kansas City Missouri Police Department provide 24/7 surveillance of the artifact. Ferreiro said the car can provoke a bittersweet memory for survivors. “Once they arrived in Auschwitz, there was the process of selection.
It was like thunder, telling me ‘Sonia, this is the reason you made it, you have to speak up for those who were telling us before they were dying, ‘if you make it, you have to tell the world,’” she said. Ferreiro said he wants people to see and understand liberation of the concentration camps happened just 75 years ago, and there are some people in society who have not learned the lessons history teaches. “The wounds have healed, in a way, but the infection persists,” he said. Warshawski said she hopes people will leave the exhibition with new perspectives and ideas to consider. “I always used to say to students, ‘please don’t follow the crowd.