FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2013
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Auschwitz exhibit opens March 4 at N.H. State Library
A poster-style exhibit of images taken at the infamous Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau opens at the New Hampshire State Library's historic Map Gallery on March 4, 2013.
"Konzentrationslager Auschwitz" is on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland and is presented by the Polish Cultural Foundation. The Polish-American Congress – New Hampshire Division, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire and the State Library, is hosting the exhibit, which is currently touring the United States. Consuls General from Poland, Germany and Israel played key roles in bringing the exhibit to New Hampshire.
"Konzentrationslager Auschwitz"'s thirty-one posters illustrate atrocities that took place at Auschwitz. There are special emphases on the killing of Jews as well as the resistance movement. An historical introduction covering Nazi ideology and the start of the war is also part of the exhibit.
C. Paul Vincent, Ph.D., chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, will present a lecture entitled "The Evolution of Auschwitz" at the State Library on Friday, March 8 at 4 p.m.
"The horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, and of Auschwitz in particular, continue to provide lessons today," said Michael York, state librarian. “Learning about these atrocities and how they came to be is one way to keep them from occurring again."
There is no charge to visit the exhibit, which runs from March 4 – 22, 2013. The State Library is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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