On Monday, August 5, 2019, a diverse group of Boston area students joined Together, Restoring their Names at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York to tour the landmark exhibit, "Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away."
Following their experience in the exhibit, students held an intensive discussion connecting the lessons of the Holocaust to the world today. Additionally, they took what they learned into a writing seminar, in which they crafted pieces to reflect upon their experience.
About the Exhibit
by Ryan C, Northeastern University
Being at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and viewing the Auschwitz exhibit was a true privilege. It was a reminder to stop and appreciate that I am alive and I am free.
by Brittany Sacks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For as long as I can remember, the beginning of the back-to-school season meant bringing out our family’s label maker, inputting my name and phone number, and pressing print and cut repeatedly in order to label every textbook, notebook, folder, and new piece of clothing for the year.
by Kalen Michals, Simmons University
The collection of artifacts presented at “Auschwitz: Not long ago, Not far away” are unlike others I have seen before. Carefully curated, they range from a handmade hair comb to a Torah rescued from a synagogue on Kristallnacht.
by Monica Rey, Boston Univeristy
Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away.
It is difficult to write a reflection on an exhibition of the Holocaust. What can one say?
by Anuj Apte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Visiting ‘Auschwitz, Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.’ was an eye opening experience, in the truest sense of the term. The curator of the exhibit made a radical choice by devoting almost a third of the exhibit to the years leading up to the Holocaust.
by Michael Meagher, Boston University
In some ways, visiting a museum exhibition on Auschwitz-Birkenau can be more chilling than visiting the site itself. Under an open sky in Poland, surrounded by tourists with selfie sticks, it is at times difficult to imagine the evil that occurred in the same location only two generations ago.
by Zachary Shalett, Harvard University
Toting their own genetic science,
Eugenicists had bloodlines ended.
by Elizabeth Hopkinson, Yale University
I have always loved stories. When I learned to write my full name, I first wrote that string of letters on a library card. I couldn’t read the books on the shelves yet, but even then I realized it wasn’t about the words, it was about the potential.
by Ben Zhang, Harvard University
The Holocaust was terrible in every imaginable way. The violence, death and destruction
created trauma that spanned generations. Millions were killed and even more were
displaced in the final years of the Second World War.
by Morris Najar, Brandeis University
When I think about both the once shiny and now rusty metals at the Auschwitz Death Camp, I think about the stories they would be able to tell in the darkest time of the 20th century.
“The most significant site of the Holocaust, Auschwitz was not a single entity, but a complex of 48 concentration and extermination camps, at which 1 million Jews—and tens of thousands of others—were murdered.”
“This groundbreaking exhibition brings together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions and museums around the world. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. is the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America, and an unparalleled opportunity to confront the singular face of human evil—one that arose not long ago and not far away.” Learn more about the exhibition at https://mjhnyc.org/discover-the-exhibition/about-the-exhibition/