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Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.



From Twenty Worldwide Institutions, Museums & Private Collections. 
A First-Time Presentation and Collaboration Including 700 Original Artifacts.

The most significant site of the Holocaust, Auschwitz was not a single entity. It developed from a concentration camp created by the SS as a tool of terror in German-occupied Poland into a complex of three main camps and almost 50 subcamps. From spring 1942 the camp combined two functions - a concentration camp and extermination center. Altogether, some 1.1 million people - mostly Jews —were murdered there.

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.

For the first time, 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, a touring exhibition dedicated to the historical significance of the camp is being presented to a U.S. audience.  

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. opening in Kansas City June 2021 after the exhibition closes at New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. The exhibition explores the dual identity of the camp as a physical location—the largest documented mass murder site in human history—and as a symbol of the borderless manifestation of hatred and human barbarity.

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. was conceived by Musealia and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and curated by an international panel of experts, including world-renowned scholars Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, Dr. Michael Berenbaum, and Paul Salmons, in an unprecedented collaboration with historians and curators at the Research Center at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, led by Dr. Piotr Setkiewicz.

The exhibition features artifacts and materials—never before seen in North America—on loan from more than 20 institutions and private collections around the world. In addition to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, participating institutions include Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oświęcim, the Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg, and the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide in London.

Union Station Kansas City is honored to host this significant story and presentation of artifacts and -- in addition to making advance tickets available -- has opened opportunities for interested businesses, institutions and individuals to lend their support to help make this extraordinary exhibition possible.  For sponsorship options, email [email protected].

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Full Exhibition Announcement



Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day



Press Release

Union Station Kansas City to Host Unprecedented International Exhibition Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. - 09/15/2020
Tomorrow, Union Station Will Honor Holocaust Remembrance Day, Commemorating the Liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945 – 01/26/2021

In The News

Most comprehensive Auschwitz exhibit in N. America to Open in Kansas City | The Jerusalem Post | 09.15.2020
AUSCHWITZ. NOT LONG AGO. NOT FAR AWAY To Be Hosted At Union Station | Broadway World Kansas City | 09.15.2020
‘We must never forget’: Holocaust exhibit on Auschwitz coming to Kansas City | Kansas City Star | 09.15.2020
Union Station Kansas City To Host “Unprecedented” Exhibition on Auschwitz | IN Kansas City | 09.15.2020
Union Station to host Holocaust exhibit displaying 700 original artifacts from Auschwitz | KMBC | 09.15.2020
Large, unique exhibit on Holocaust coming to Kansas City’s Union Station next year | FOX4 | 09.15.2020
Union Station getting exhibit on Auschwitz concentration camp | FOX4 | 09.15.2020
Union Station to host international tour of Holocaust exhibit | KSHB 41 | 09.15.2020
Union Station to host Holocaust exhibit displaying 700 original artifacts from Auschwitz | One News Page | 09.16.2020
Union Station Kansas City final US stop of international touring exhibition on Holocaust and Auschwitz concentration camp | InPark Magazine | 09.18.2020
Historic exhibition remembering Auschwitz to open at Union Station | The Pitch KC | 09.24.2020

Visitors to Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. are welcome to take non-flash photos within the exhibition for personal use. Selfie sticks and tripods are not allowed and we ask that care be given while taking photos so as to not interfere with other guests. Most importantly, please avoid any attitude, reference or expression that could be considered disrespectful to the memory of Holocaust victims.