Current Exhibit

The Concentration Camps:

Inside the Nazi System of Incarceration and Genocide

This original exhibition at the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center surveys the scope and brutality of the Nazi system of incarceration and genocide, underscoring the horrific consequences of intolerance, racism, and authoritarianism. Approximately 44,000 concentration camps and ghettos existed across Nazi-occupied Europe and North Africa during World War II. These incarceration sites, which Adolf Hitler used as a mechanism to terrorize and eliminate non-Aryan groups (those seen as “subhuman,” “useless eaters,” and not part of the pure, white, Germanic race), ranged from small barns to compounds with populations of a medium-sized city. These extensive networks of ghettos, transit camps, women’s camps, forced labor camps, and extermination camps, to name a few, played a central role in the Holocaust—the annihilation of six million Jews—as well as the mass murder of millions more Poles, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, people with disabilities, social outcasts, Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as other political and religious opponents. In addition to the exhibit’s text, images, and artifacts, personal testimonies from local Holocaust survivors offer painful insights into these excruciating landscapes of degradation and dehumanization.

 

This exhibit is curated by Cary Lane, Ph.D., the KHC 2020-21 Curator-in-Residence and Associate Professor of English at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York. Dr. Lane worked with Jason Tingler, Ph.D., KHC Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Robyn Schwartz, Graphic Designer; Nicholas Caccese, Film Editor; Sean Simpson, Videographer, as well as QCC-KHC Student Curatorial Fellows Aliza Perlmutter, Jhordain Roberts, Manuel Souffrant, and Nicholas Richards; and KHC Curatorial Interns Alexia Wang, Anika Chowdhury, Ashleigh Requijo, Calista Requijo, Eliana Ellerton, Kristen Morgenstern, ​Noah Benus, and Shani Bornstein.

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Past Exhibits

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  • Image of Mirror Shield conceived by Cannupa Hanska Luger and Rob Wilson Photography

    Survivance & Sovereignty on Turtle Island

    The exhibition addresses the histories and present-day realities of the first people of this continent through contemporary Native American art. Turtle Island is the name given to North America by the Anishinabek, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and the Lenape—some of the Indigenous people of this region. The artists address survivance: a term that emphasizes both cultural survival and resistance in the face of hundreds of years of genocide and mass atrocities.

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  • Cover Image of the KHC's 'Conspiracy of Goodness' exhibition catalog

    Conspiracy Of Goodness

    This exhibition tells the story of how an isolated Huguenot community in the Haute-Loire region, saved 3,500 Jews from Nazi Germany and the soldiers of Vichy France. Villagers of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the surrounding villages, joined together to conceal, rescue, and provide false documentation for Jews and French Resistance fighters, at great risk to their own lives. Click below to explore the interactive exhibit which includes a library study guide, exhibit-related videos, as well as a printed catalogue.

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  • Image of a concentration camp uniform with prisoner number featured in the KHC's exhibition, 'The Jacket from Dachau'

    The Jacket from Dachau

    In July of 2015, the KHC was contacted by a vintage clothing dealer about a recent acquisition of a unique garment at an estate sale. In the back of a walk-in closet, amid a variety of old shirts and vintage dresses, hung a faded striped jacket. We now know Benzion Peresecki, a young Jewish man from Lithuania, wore this jacket for ten months in Dachau and kept it for 33 years. Click below to explore the interactive exhibit which includes a library study guide, exhibit-related videos, artifacts, as well as a printed catalogue.  

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  • Cover image of the KHC's 'American Cartoonists: Nazi Germany and the Holocaust' exhibition catalog

    American Cartoonists, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

    It all began one night in November 1938, when Nazi mobs filled the streets. The planet needed a hero—fast. Who could have predicted that this hero would be one concocted by two Jewish boys from Ohio? Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster went on to create Superman! About the same time that Superman #10 appeared, Dyna Pubs of East Moline, IL, published Dardevil Battles Hitler, where Nazi legions are defeated by the famous silver streak comic character, Captain America.

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