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About the Exhibition

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust’s exhibition The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do is an expansive and timely presentation of Holocaust history told through personal stories, objects, photos, and film – many on view for the first time. The 12,000-square-foot exhibition features over 1,250 original objects and survivor testimonies from the Museum’s collection. The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do is a representation of this global story through a local lens, rooted in the objects donated by survivors and their families, many of whom settled in New York and nearby places.

The Museum’s mission is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the broad tapestry of Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. There are countless beginnings, middles, and too many endings that make up the stories of The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do. Each room, and each object, contains generations of experiences and information about who Jews are, what sustains Jewish communities, and what life was like during the period of European modernization, World War I, and the political and social movements that brought about the rise of the Nazi Party. Within the Holocaust’s experiences of legalized racism and fascism, pogroms, ghettos, mass murder, and concentration camps are also instances of personal and global decision-making, escape, resistance and resilience, and ultimately liberation and new beginnings.

Explore The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do and discover objects and testimonies that tell their stories most meaningfully. Bear witness with us, and illuminate your understanding of the story of Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust.

The Museum is proud to partner with the Bloomberg Connects app, which will include a digital and audio guide to The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do. Visit to download the app on your phone for information about the Museum, visitor guides, and resources to learn more.


Photography and website by Ardon Bar-Hama.
Virtual tour made possible by Patti Kenner and George S. Blumentha.
The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do is made possible with leadership support from The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, The Oster Family, Patti Askwith Kenner and Family, Edmond J. Safra Foundation, and Evelyn Seroy in memory of her parents Julius & Ruth Eggener.
Generous support is provided by presenting partners Peter and Mary Kalikow, The Pickman Foundation, and Larry and Klara Silverstein and Family.
With special thanks to our benefactors Anonymous, Carlos and Malú Alvarez, Stefany and Simon Bergson, Campari USA, Michele & Marty Cohen, Michael Lowenstein, Manhattan Beer Distributors, Bruce Ratner and Family, Wendy Lowenstein Sandler and Neil Sandler, and David Wiener 189897, Son of Moishe Chaim and Hannah Wiener.
With gratitude to our sponsors Joyce and Fred Claar, Ron Garfunkel and Sande Breakstone, The Knapp Family Foundation, the Stephen & Rita Lerner Family, Scott & Debby Rechler | Rechler Philanthropy, and the Saiontz Family in Memory of Jack and Sally Feldman, as well as our friends Judy and Ron Baron, Corner Foundation, Pete and Marilyn Coors, Mary Ann Fribourg, Jill and Peter Kraus, Sybil Shainwald, and The Starr Foundation.
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Audio guide available through Bloomberg Philanthropies.
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