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The Museum of Jewish Heritage partners with the NYC DOE to fight intolerance

The Museum of Jewish Heritage partners with the NYC DOE to fight intolerance
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Goldsworthy/Melanie Einzig

The New York City Department of Education announced a new program that will bring all eighth and tenth grade classes from public schools in Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park to the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust to address antisemitism and other forms of intolerance. In order to battle hate crimes, approximately 14,000 students will visit “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” 

In addition, all New York City public school families with students 12 and over will be able to visit the Museum free of charge. (Here are some of the best free museums for kids in New York City.) 

"We must teach our children about the destructive force of hate," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “This partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage will give all our students and their families the chance to learn about our past to create a better future."

The DOE will work with principals to send the students from these neighborhoods on field trips to the museum.

“Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” examines the development of Nazi ideology while exploring the transformation of Auschwitz from the ordinary Polish town (known as Oświęcim) to the most significant Nazi site of the Holocaust. With more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs, it is considered to be the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz displayed in North America.

One way to battle intolerance: Explore the myriad of cultures that call this city home. Take your kids to see the best new and upcoming exhibits for kids at NYC museums, and set out on an urban adventure by delving into the best family attractions in NYC.

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