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Museum of Jewish Heritage

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Time Out says

This museum explores Jewish life before, during and after the Nazi genocide. The permanent collection includes documentary films, thousands of photos and 800 artifacts, many donated by Holocaust survivors and their families, while the Memorial Garden features English artist Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones, 18 fire-hollowed boulders embedded with dwarf oak saplings. Special exhibitions tackle historical events or themes. The new Keeping History Center brings the core collection to life with interactive displays, including “Voices of Liberty,” a soundscape of émigrés’ and refugees’ reactions to their arrival in the U.S., which is made all the more poignant juxtaposed with the museum’s panoramic views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.


36 Battery Pl
New York
Cross street:
at 1st Pl
Subway: 4, 5 to Bowling Green
$18, seniors $12, students $12, members and children under 12 free. Thursdays 4–8pm free
Opening hours:
Sunday and Wednesday 10am-5pm; Thursday 10am-8pm; Friday 10am-3pm
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Survivors: Faces of Life after the Holocaust

A new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, "Survivors: Faces of Life after the Holocaust," will feature 75 close-up portraits of Holocaust survivors shot by award-winning photographer Martin Schoeller.  The images will showcase Schoeller's signature style, with the subjects gazing intensely at the viewer, revealing the struggles, pains and resilience that have defined them throughout the years.  Each photo will be paired with a biography and the exhibition will also feature behind-the-scenes video footage documenting the actual shots, which were taken at Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. "As an institution dedicated to educating visitors about the Holocaust, we are preparing for the inevitable future, where we no longer have survivors with us," said Jack Kliger, president and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in an official statement. "These portraits capture the humanity of survivors and remind us that the atrocities they endured are not so far away. They also preserve their memory for generations to come." The exhibit will be on display in the museum's rotunda on the third floor, which was just recently named after Holocaust survivor Rita Lowenstein, through June 18, 2023.

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