Holocaust Museum

Auschwitz-Birkenau barracks at Holocaust Museum to be returned to Poland

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has closed a portion of its permanent exhibition to deinstall one the most moving and powerful artifacts in the museum: wooden barracks that housed prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The barracks are being returned to Poland after the expiration of a long-term loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The Holocaust Museum has obtained similar barracks from the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp to replace the original, which have been a centerpiece of the exhibition since the museum’s opening in 1993. The new barracks will belong to the Holocaust Museum.

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The Holocaust Museum: A timeline

Decades ago, organizers of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum determined that they would render both the broad sweep and horrifying detail of one of the 20th century’s most incomprehensible crimes against humanity: the Nazis’ slaughter of more than 11 million Jews, Slavs, Poles, Gypsies and homosexuals. Through artifacts, testimonials, art and architecture, the museum would be narrative and groundbreaking, a place to memorialize and educate.

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