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‘Auschwitz’, by Musealia, wins the Grand Prix at the 2020 Europa Nostra Awards

“Auschwitz”, by Musealia, wins the Grand Prix at the 2020 Europa Nostra Awards

The jury recognized the important work of the exhibition, which has already exceeded 800,000 visitors.

November 23, 2020.- Musealia’s exhibition “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” won the Grand Prix at the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020, the most prestigious award of the industry. 

This award adds to the one already obtained last May, when the European institution conceded another award to the exhibition in the category of “Education. Training. Awareness ”, for its important educational work.

In the words of the Director of the Exhibition and CEO of Musealia, Luis Ferreiro, “It is very encouraging to see how an idea developed in our offices in San Sebastian has become an internationally recognized exhibition”. “This recognition affirms the importance of creating exhibitions that are not only relevant to the general public and which promote deep personal reflection, but which are also underpinned by academic and pedagogical rigor” he added.

The ceremony was held last Tuesday in a virtual conference, in which the exhibition won the most important award within the cultural heritage industry in Europe.

The Commissioner for Culture of the European Commission, Mariya Gabriel, and representatives of the Board of Directors of Europa Nostra adressed that “Europe is facing an alarming and unacceptable increase in nationalism, xenophobia, antisemitism, racism and hate speech. Exhibitions such as Auschwitz, based on rigorous research and European collaboration, are important since they raise awareness and approach the lessons of our common past, offering clear and objective evidence of what can happen when various forms of extremism are tolerated”.

The exhibition, which already tops 800,000 visitors since its opening to the public, is currently open in New York with great success. In 2021 it will continue with its world tour, visiting Kansas City, in the United States.

The Grand Prize winners, chosen by an independent jury of experts and the Europa Nostra Board of Directors, were selected from this year’s 21 winning projects from 15 European countries.