Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
On July 20, 1969: the world paused to watch American astronauts walk on the moon.
Apollo 11: Media, the Moon and Beyond celebrates the 50th anniversary of this achievement with an imaginative installation of archived news media, displayed through vintage televisions. The installation also bridges the decades to the dreams of tomorrow, and the next great achievements of the 21st century.
Apollo Tour Guide Talk: Learn about the technologies and the men and women who enabled the Apollo 11 the mission that took us to the moon. This 20-minute presentation is free with Museum admission. Daily at 3:30pm.
- Open to 5pm on July 4th
“Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.”
That’s the name of a massive exhibit of more than 1,000 artifacts and photos from more than 20 countries, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, a few blocks from the WWII Memorial in Battery Park.
Here’s more from my my own visit to the exhibit.
More than one million innocent souls were murdered in Auschwitz, including more than 250,000 children, in a twisted government policy of racism and anti-Semitism that was defeated by the men and women honored at the WWII Memorial, and many thousands of other men and women from the allied nations that fought alongside us and for the same reasons.
There are cases of shoes, eyeglasses, shaving brushes, pots and pans – everyday items collected from those condemned to die. And suitcases, some of them clearly marked with the name and address of the owner, who expected to claim it at the end of a forced trip in a crowded boxcar, like the one on display at the entrance to the museum.
There is a torah saved from Kristallnacht, and smuggled into the US in 1940 by a Holocaust survivor. It’s from the Borneplatz Synagogue in Hamburg, which was largest in Northern Europe until the Nazis tore it down. And gas masks worn by Nazi guards. And children’s clothing, handwritten letters of pain and suffering, and hundreds of photos of normal life before the madness.
Auschwitz is a testament to our cruelty to fellow humans, and an example of the fight for freedom from oppression that was the reason for the Declaration of Independence that we celebrate on the Fourth of July.
- Museum of Jewish Heritage is in Battery Park.