Nachum interviewed Todd Cohn, Regional Director for Southern NCSY, about the WWII Era Cattle Car “Hate Ends Now” Exhibition in Times Square, NY:
WHAT: Replica of WWII Era Cattle Car used to transport Jews to Nazi death camps will be in Times Square as part of Orthodox Union (OU) Southern NCSY’s Hate Ends Now tour to combat antisemitism, intolerance, and racism, and to commemorate Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising
WHEN: Tuesday, April 18, 2023- Exhibit opens 8a-9p; local elementary and high schools and community groups visiting throughout the day, VIP event at 7pm with local elected officials, community leaders, Holocaust survivors and U.S. Army Veterans
WHERE: Times Square – Broadway Pedestrian Plaza between 45th Street and 46th Street
WHY: In commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, hoping to counteract an increasing wave of antisemitism, the OU’s Southern NCSY will be presenting the Hate Ends Now exhibit The Cattle Car: Stepping In and Out of Darkness in Times Square.
Uniquely housed in a traveling replica of a WWII-era cattle car similar to those used by the Nazis to transport Jews and other targeted groups to concentration and death camps, The Cattle Car: Stepping in and Out of Darkness, includes a powerfully immersive multimedia experience where visitors watch a movie projected in 360 degrees, onto the walls around them helping them to understand the harrowing experiences of those crammed into similar rail cars around 80 years ago. The video presentation also includes the testimony of two Holocaust survivors, Hedy Bohm and Nate Leipciger. An artifact exhibit showcased outside of the cattle car provides added visuals to the overall educational experience.
The exhibit also calls attention to the modern day, showing how the dangers of intolerance, antisemitism, and hatred exist today. It was created by Southern NCSY in partnership with ShadowLight.