Items from Auschwitz death camp to tour Europe, Amer­ica

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

WARSAW, Poland — An ex­hibit of some items from the for­mer Nazi Ger­man death camp of Auschwitz are go­ing on a tour of Europe and North Amer­ica to bring its tragic truth about the Holo­caust to a wider au­di­ence. The ex­hibit _ called ``Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away’’ _ will be the first-ever trav­el­ling show done by the mu­seum and will in­clude 600 orig­i­nal items. Most of them will come from the Auschwitz mu­seum, but also from other col­lec­tions, like Is­rael’s Yad Vashem, the United States Holo­caust Memo­rial Mu­seum in Wash­ing­ton D.C., and from sur­vivors. ``To­day, when the world is mov­ing in un­cer­tain di­rec­tions,’’ the ex­hi­bi­tion can be a ``great warn­ing cry for us all’’ against build­ing a ``fu­ture on ha­tred, racism, anti-Semitism and bot­tom­less con­tempt for an­other hu­man be­ing,’’ mu­seum chief Piotr M.A. Cy­win­ski said.

The ex­hibit aims to tell vic­tims’ sto­ries through their per­sonal items. It will also show an orig­i­nal bar­rack from the Auschwitz-Monowitz part of the camp and a Ger­man freight train wagon that the Nazis used to bring in­mates to the camp in.

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