55,000 students have visited Professor van Pelt's travelling exhibition "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away."

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Waterloo Architecture's Robert Jan van Pelt's popular Auschwitz exhibition is featured in CNN travel.

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. is the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America, and an unparalleled opportunity to confront the singular face of human evil—one that arose not long ago and not far away. The groundbreaking exhibition brings together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions and museums around the world. 

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. was developed by a world-renowned team of experts on the history of the Holocaust and Holocaust education. Their multidisciplinary approach helped develop the most comprehensive Holocaust exhibition ever presented in the United States. Chief curator Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt is one of the main authorities on the history of Auschwitz. From 1997-98, he presided over the team that developed the master plan to preserve the Auschwitz camp and participated as an expert witness in the famous case against the British historian and author David Irving (London, 1998-2001), a Holocaust denier. Dr. Van Pelt, born in Harleem (Netherlands), has published widely on the camp, including the award-winning Auschwitz, 1270 to the Present (1996) and The Case for Auschwitz (2002). Throughout his career, he has served as a historical advisor on films such as Auschwitz: The Nazis and ‘The Final Solution’ (2005) by Laurence Rees, and co-curated The Evidence Room, exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2016.

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. is on view at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City through August 30, 2020.

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