Cultural Programme

Find out more about upcoming cultural events for the exhibition. Entry to events is free.

The exhibition is designed to be engaging and educational. During its time in New York, there will be a programme of cultural events running in parallel. Experts on the Holocaust and survivors of the Nazi camps will help us to understand the reality of what happened based on their own perspectives.

For more details of upcoming talks, lectures and activities, please visit auschwitz.nyc.

Previous Cultural Events

Details of previous cultural events for the exhibition.

Violeta Friedman and her fight for tolerance and remembrance

Almost 40 years after surviving the Holocaust in January 1945 Violeta Friedman broke her silence to speak up against those who tried to deny the Holocaust, with the aim of spreading awareness of the horrors committed in Auschwitz and the dangers of forgetting how it came to exist.

Tribute Concert to the Victims of the Holocaust

Concert in tribute to the victims of the Holocaust by the duo formed by Pilar Angulo, piano, and Emilio Sánchez Vázquez, violin. This recital was a musical tour through the Germany of the Second World War and focused on three Jewish authors who had to flee from the Nazis: the violinist Fritz Kreisler; Kurt Weill and Ernst Bloch.

The legacy of Anne Frank and her diary

Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who, during World War II, went into hiding to escape persecution of the Nazis. Together with seven other people, she lived in the “Secret Annex” for more than two years, where she wrote her well-known diary “Diary of a Young Girl”.

Anne Frank and the others were arrested and deported to Auschwitz and other German Nazi camps in 1944. Only Ana’s father, Otto Frank, survived the war.

Picturing Auschwitz, a conference by Paul Salmons

Frequently, what we think that we know about the past is determined by how we process the information in our minds; a conception, very often influenced by or founded in a reduced number of iconic pictures.

But, how precise is the information that those pictures provide?

The Spanish Victims of the Nazi Regime

Between 1940 and 1945, Nazi Germany interned more than 9,000 Spanish republicans exiled in Francein various concentration camps. Fewer than 3,000 survivedthe regime of hunger, illness, forced labour and systematic abuse at the hands of the German SS forces. Many were sent to Mauthausen and other camps like Auschwitz. These were the “Spaniers” of the Third Reich’s concentration camps.

When the Last Witnesses Disappear: How to Preserve the Memory of the Holocaust

Auschwitzremains the world’s biggest cemetery. As the last executioners and witnesses disappear, preserving and spreading its legacy is more important than ever before. Built on the ruins of the largest Nazi camp, Auschwitz–Birkenau Memorial and Museum was founded in 1947 to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

 

Irena Sendler. Conserving humanity in inhumane times

During Nazism, 400,000 people were crowded into the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw. Without food or health care, its inhabitants were condemned to a certain death. A reality against which the Polish nurse Irena Sendler rebelled, risking her own life to save almost 2500 children of the ghetto. Elzbieta Ficowska was one of these children who managed to escape the horror thanks to the generosity of this Polish nurse.

Talk by Marian Turski, Auschwitz survivor

During the spring of 1943, men, women and children exhausted by hunger in the Warsaw ghetto took up arms against “the final solution” and their deportation to the death camps, containing the siege of Hitler’s troops during 27 days. This is the most well-known uprising against the Nazis, although the resistance to the Holocaust occurred in multiple forms and places; a reality that the survivor Marian Turski explores in this conference.

Sanz Briz’s List: The Spanish Oskar Schindler

In 1944, the year before the end of the Second World War, Hungry was home to Europe’s last surviving Jewish community. However, this changed when the Third Reich began its invasion in March. Over 800,000 Jews who had so far been spared the “Final Solution” were deported to Auschwitz.

At that time, the young Spanish diplomat Ángel Sanz Brizwas in charge of the Spanish legation in Budapest. Acting on his own and despite the huge risks involved, Sanz Briz managed to save over 5,000 Jews from certain death.

The horror of architecture. A conversation with Professor Robert Jan van Pelt.

SS architects played a key role inmaking it physically possibleto commit one of humanity’s most shocking crimes. Their expertise was indispensable in designing and coordinating the construction of the regime’s factories of death, ensuring their functionality and effectiveness. Auschwitz remains one of the best-known examples, with three central camps and more than 40 sub-camps where over 1,110,000 people were killed.

A first-hand account of the Holocaust. Talk by Noah Klieger, Auschwitz survivor.

The story of Noah Klieger(1926, Strasbourg, France) is one of pain, bravery and survival. It is the story of a heroic spirit able to overcome the horrors of the Nazi camps, of a child who succeeded in tricking the ruthless SS soldiers to survive the horrors of the Nazi regime and share his experienceso that such atrocities would never happen again.