The Jewish Museum in Oświęcim offers virtual museum experiences to visitors from every corner of the world, despite closure of the facilities caused by COVID-19.

The highlights from the core exhibition “Oshpitzin. The Story of Jewish Oświęcim” are presented as virtual display an the Google Arts & Culture platform, the world’s largest digital collection of exhibits. Vivid photographs, compelling personal documents, and curatorial insights tell the 400-year history of Oświęcim’s (Yiddish: Oshpitzin) Jewish community destroyed and overshadowed by the tragedy of Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

We continue to engage our visitors, alas this time exclusively with digital technologies – says Tomasz Kuncewicz, Director of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, which runs the Jewish Museum and maintains the only synagogue left in town – The partnership with Google which started back in 2016 has enabled us to overcome the current barriers and to continue to deliver the best museum experience possible.

The exhibition can be viewed at this link: www.ajcf.pl/online-exhibition

The Auschwitz Jewish Center is a subsidiary of the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, from the Museum’s New York City campus. It is the only Jewish presence in the vicinity of Auschwitz. The Center’s educational programs include immersive study programs on the Holocaust, pre-war Jewish life, and Polish-Jewish relations.

The Center opened its doors in 2000 and joined with the Museum in 2006. Located just three kilometers from the Auschwitz–Birkenau death camps, the Center provides a place for individuals and groups from around the world to pray, study, and learn about the vibrancy of Jewish culture before the war, and memorialize victims of the Holocaust.

Google Arts & Culture is a new, immersive way to experience art, history, culture and world wonders from over a thousand organizations worldwide. Google Arts & Culture was created by the Google Cultural Institute and it is available for free for everyone on the web, on iOS, and Android.