New York, United States

Museum of Jewish Heritage & Sunday

August 10 – 12, 2019 

On Sunday morning, I started the day by going to The Museum of Jewish Heritage. Their current exhibition was Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away, which was a chilling title given the current political climate particularly in America.

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The museum exists to educate individuals about Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries – before, during, and after the Holocaust. They have a range of permanent and special exhibitions in addiction to the Auschwitz exhibition. Ticket prices vary depending on whether or not you wish to see that exhibition. Hours, general ticket prices, and visitor information can be found here. Special exhibition ticket prices can be found here.

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More than 1.1 million people were murdered in Auschwitz between May 1940 and January 1945. It was the largest Nazi-run concentration camp and was located in Poland. A vast majority were executed almost immediately upon arrival. Out of 1.3 million deported there, 1.1 million were murdered – primarily through means such as gassing, shooting, exhaustion, starvation, disease, or medical experiments.

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Entrance to Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Photo Courtesy of http://www.mjhnyc.org/

“Featuring more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs, the New York presentation of the [Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away] exhibition allows visitors to experience artifacts from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on view for the first time in North America, including hundreds of personal items—such as suitcases, eyeglasses, and shoes—that belonged to survivors and victims of Auschwitz. Other artifacts include concrete posts that were part of the fence of the Auschwitz camp; fragments of an original barrack for prisoners from the Auschwitz III-Monowitz camp; a desk and other possessions of the first and the longest serving Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss; a gas mask used by the SS; Picasso’s Lithograph of Prisoner; and an original German-made Model 2 freight train car used for the deportation of Jews to the ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland” (About the Exhibition).

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The Rest of the Day

After I finished at the Jewish Heritage Museum, I got a bus ticket for CitySightseeing New York, which is a common practice so that I get an overview of a city I’ve visiting. I actually regretted this this time around because it was a whole lot of time spent in traffic with not a lot to see at least in the first tour I took, which was the Brooklyn (and part of Manhattan) tour. The next day, I had plenty planned, so I didn’t have time to use the other tours, and I was too tired to stay up for the night tour. So I wasn’t necessarily super pumped about doing this, but I hadn’t ever driven around Brooklyn, so it was nice to see. But, if I had to do it again, I would’ve chosen another tour if I only had time for one. We did get to drive over the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as see the United Nations building, so those were two highlights.

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After the bus dropped me off about 10 blocks or so from Times Square, I decided to walk over there. I’ve been there before, but I had time and decided to wander. Well, I also regretted this a little bit because I hate walking in crowds, and it honestly took me over an hour to get to where I wanted to go, which wasn’t that far.

After visiting a couple shops and deciding I wasn’t going to go all the way to 42nd Street, I turned around to get to the subway station, which I ended up not being able to find after about a half hour of walking. So I turned back around and ended up having to go to the 42nd Street subway stop anyway. Times Square is the picturesque New York City, but in my opinion, at least for me, once you’ve seen it once, you’ve seen it. And I was ready to get out and be able to walk at a decent pace again without dozens of people smushing me! After I got on the subway, I had a somewhat long train ride back to the hotel, but when I got back, I watched some TV, relaxed, and headed to bed after a long day out on the town.