“Great involvement, sensitivity and dedication of Luis Ferreiro fully justify the granting of this award. I am personally pleased by the fact that we are awarding this distinction to the representative of a much younger generation than previous recipients of the award”, he emphasized.
The “Light of Remembrance” has so far been awarded to: Professor Władysław Bartoszewski, Krystyna Oleksy, Avner Shalev, Serge Klarsfeld and Sara J. Bloomfield
On almost 2 thousand square meters the visitors of Union Station will be able to see hundreds of artifacts from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum including personal items—such as suitcases, eyeglasses, and shoes—that belonged to survivors and victims of Auschwitz. Other artifacts include concrete posts that were part of the fence of the Auschwitz camp; fragments of an original barrack for prisoners from the Auschwitz III-Monowitz camp; a desk and other possessions of the first and the longest serving Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss; a gas mask used by the SS; Pablo Picasso's Lithograph of Prisoner.
An original German-made Model 2 freight wagon used for the deportation of Jews to the ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland will be placed in front of the Union Station building.
The exhibition “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away” was created by Musealia in cooperation with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Curators of this unique exposition are world-class experts: Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, Dr. Michael Berenbaum and Paul Salmons, who cooperated closely with historians and curators from the Auschwitz Museum Research Center led by Dr. Piotr Setkiewicz.
The exhibition won the Grand Prix of the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra 2020 Award. It is the most prestigious European distinction in the field of heritage. The project also won the second place in the Public Choice Award.
The exhibition “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away” is available for visitors at Union Station in Kansas City until January 22nd 2022.