Special Exhibit

After the End of the World: Displaced Persons and Displaced Persons Camps

Special Exhibition | September 28, 2023 - January 31, 2024

UNRRA 1944: A group of children read a Yiddish newspaper in a Displaced Persons Camp as they await the train, Germany. Credit: UN Archives, S-1058-0001-01-00175

Europe emerged from the Second World War utterly broken, with millions of refugees scattered across many countries. The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) was created to resettle those displaced by the mayhem of the war and the Holocaust. The fragments from the past illuminate the work of UNRRA administrators, and chart how, in the aftermath of catastrophic loss, Holocaust survivors navigated their new lives in displaced persons camps. The exhibition on display weaves in the stories of local residents whose lives were touched by the Displaced Persons Camps. The original exhibition was created by the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and Professor Debórah Dwork, Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at the Graduate Center—CUNY.

The 2022-2023 cultural season is presented in part through the generous funding from:

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