In this Wednesday Jan. 10, 2018, photo, Dovid Reidel, Director of Research & Archive Division of the Amud Aish Memorial Museum, in Brooklyn, N.Y., shows plea for rescue, left, that was smuggled out of France's Vittel internment camp on a coat lining in 1944, and the 1942 diary of Dr. Hillel Seidman, written in the Warsaw Ghetto, both part of the museum's collection. The museum focuses on Jewish religious practice and the role of faith during the Holocaust. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A Holocaust museum in Brooklyn focuses on faith, survival

January 14, 2018 - 11:12 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Faith and survival, not the machinery of death, are the central themes at an atypical Holocaust museum in Brooklyn.

The three-year-old Amud Aish Memorial Museum focuses on the experiences of Orthodox Jews during and after the Holocaust.

Its collection includes letters, diaries, photos and religious items, like a frayed prayer shawl worn secretly by a prisoner at Auschwitz.

Museum staff members say the Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews who had stashed the artifacts in basements and attics would not have given them to another museum.

Colleagues in Holocaust remembrance said there's a place for a museum that's devoted to the devout.

Currently housed in a temporary space far from city subway lines, the museum is hoping to move to a permanent location.

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