9 Standouts from New Yorkers’ Holocaust-Era Artifacts

The Fellowship  |  February 24, 2020

Inside of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum with Holocaust artifacts

In an effort to preserve Holocaust-era artifacts for future generations, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum asked New Yorkers for any photos, letters, or documents from this era, reports the Times of Israel:

A hand-drawn portrait of a young man in a French internment camp. A photo of a Jewish girl who survived the Holocaust by hiding in a monastery. A letter detailing efforts to improve life for Jews in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp.

These are just a few of the 250 artifacts that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has collected recently through a drive launched last month — around the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz — to collect Holocaust-era artifacts from New Yorkers.

Most of the objects, including photographs, letters, documents, drawings and books, were donated by families of Holocaust survivors.

Fred Wasserman, the acquisitions curator for the museum’s New York office, described collecting the materials as “a race against time,” since the population of Holocaust survivors is aging and many have already died.

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