An exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of World War II's Germany's Auschwitz concentration camp, the deadliest in all of the Holocaust, opens this weekend at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
"Unlocking the Gates of Auschwitz 70 Later" gives a glimpse of that time period and see rare artifacts, photos and even personal stories of survivors and those who passed away on display in the exhibit.
It officially opens Friday to the public and runs through May.
The exhibit was curated by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education with the guidance of Holocaust scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum and features documents and artifacts on loan from the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the Klau Library of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, the Randolph family and the private collection of local collector Steven F. Cassidy.
Auschwitz is the world's most notorious concentration camp. Between 1940 and 1945, approximately 1.3 million men, women and children - most of whom were Jewish - were deported there.
More than 1 million perished at Auschwitz before Soviet forces liberated the camp on January 27, 1945. Only 7,000 survivors remained when Soviet troops entered.