In a statement on the exhibit, New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney said, “In a world of skyrocketing rates of anti-Semitism, Holocaust education is critical.”
According to a CNN poll in Europe, one-third of respondents said that they knew a little or nothing about the Holocaust.
“We can never erase from our memory the knowledge that at least 6 million Jewish people were murdered. Six million. Many people are claiming, incredibly, that the Holocaust never happened. That is one reason why this exhibit is so important. All people, especially young people, must never forget what happened,” Barry Manilow said of the exhibit.
Maloney added: “We must fight to ensure that our nation understands the horrors of the Holocaust and the intolerance and bigotry that led to it. I hope people are able to grasp the reality of the Holocaust as they take in the stories of survivors, see photos, and examine items from Auschwitz. I want them to connect to all those who died at or survived Auschwitz, who lost loved ones there, who have family members who will never be the same because of the horrors they saw. I hope the ‘Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away’ exhibit motivates all of us to battle brutality, ethnic violence and religious intolerance of all kinds.”
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