Ordinary Treasures: Highlights From The Museum Of Jewish Heritage Collection

Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020 at 10:00am

Museum of Jewish Heritage - Edmond J. Safra Hall
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280

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Six million Jewish people were murdered in the Holocaust. Millions of others’ lives were changed beyond recognition. European Jewish families, communities, and religious and cultural traditions were nearly stamped out forever. We live in the long shadow of this history, and we share the responsibility of remembering it.

To understand the depth and dimensions of what the Nazis attempted to destroy, we study not only how Jewish people died, but also how they lived. We explore the history of the Holocaust as a history of individuals—acknowledging the humanity, dignity, and diverse experiences of the people whose stories we learn.

The objects featured in this exhibition are ambassadors from a world that flesh-and-blood people created, inhabited, and fought to preserve. They illustrate Jewish life and reveal self-reliance in the face of exclusion. Eyewitness testimonies give voice to the pain of extreme loss and express the difficulties, triumphs, and ongoing challenges of moving through the changed world as a survivor.

Like the majority of the Museum’s collection, many of the objects featured in Ordinary Treasures were donated by survivors or their families, or the families of those who perished. They were preserved through war and hardship, and with great care. They are treasures.

Ordinary Treasures is inspired by the Museum’s original Core Exhibition and by the Museum publication To Life: 36 Stories of Memory and Hope.

Exhibition Date: February 25, 2020 – December 31, 2020 

Admission (includes audio guide and entrance to all exhibitions)

General Admission: $16

Seniors and Patron with Disabilities: $12

Students and Veterans: $10

Members: Complimentary based on membership level. Visit the Membership Page for more information.

Member Guest Ticket: Members can purchase up to two $8 Member Guest Tickets

FREE admission to all exhibitions for Holocaust survivors, active members of the military and first responders, and students and teachers through grade 12 in schools located in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut (with valid school-issued ID).

Timed admission tickets are now available online

Tickets include access to all exhibitions, including Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., and must be purchased online in advance of your visit. 

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