Auschwitz Returns to North America: Los Angeles, First Stop

“Auschwitz” begins the tour through North America: first stop, Los Angeles

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.

“Auschwitz” begins the tour through North America: first stop, Los Angeles

The exhibition will be open at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (RRPL), in Simi Valley (CA) from March 2023.

The German World War II freight car, which has become a symbol of the exhibition, was recently installed on the grounds of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

It is just the first of more than 700 original objects that make up the exhibition, which will soon return to the United States, opening on March 23 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, after closing in Malmö, Sweden, where the exhibition is currently open.

This stay on the West Coast, which will be followed by two more American cities to be announced, has been possible thanks to the participation of World Heritage Exhibition (WHE) and Cityneon, and the collaboration of the local community.

Superviviente de Auschwitz, David Lenga, durante el acto de instalación del vagón.

“We must show our respect for the victims of the Holocaust, for those who lost their lives and those who were lucky enough to survive”, declared Auschwitz survivor David Lenga during the installation of the wagon that took place on the anniversary of the November Pogrom (“Kristallnacht”). “We must remember them with dignity and gratitude. We need to know that their lives have meaning and that our suffering will never be forgotten.”

And that is precisely the aim of the exhibition, something that its Director, Luis Ferreiro, also wanted to emphasize from the United States: “At the heart of this project is the idea of making the history of Auschwitz in all its complexity accessible to all audiences. The exhibition is a powerful opportunity to understand how such a place could have come to exist, and what it means for us today”.