A Holocaust museum in Brooklyn focuses on faith, survival

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Posted: Jan 14, 2018 11:12 AM
A Holocaust museum in Brooklyn focuses on faith, survival

NEW YORK (AP) — Faith and survival, not the machinery of death, are the central themes at an atypical Holocaust museum in Brooklyn.

The three-year-old Amud Aish Memorial Museum focuses on the experiences of Orthodox Jews during and after the Holocaust.

Its collection includes letters, diaries, photos and religious items, like a frayed prayer shawl worn secretly by a prisoner at Auschwitz.

Museum staff members say the Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews who had stashed the artifacts in basements and attics would not have given them to another museum.

Colleagues in Holocaust remembrance said there's a place for a museum that's devoted to the devout.

Currently housed in a temporary space far from city subway lines, the museum is hoping to move to a permanent location.