Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945. In the early afternoon of that day the Soviet troops found 5,800 completely enfeebled inmates, a million items of clothing, seven tons of human hair, and 45,000 pairs of shoes, which had been left behind by the concentration camp guards. In 2005 this day was declared the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The liberation put an end to the systematic extermination of the Jews in Auschwitz-Birkenau, but not to the suffering of the Jewish survivors.
The Rothschild Hospital on Währinger Gürtel in Vienna became a temporary refugee camp and center of Jewish life, a place of waiting and hoping for a new start. An unhappy transit station that the DPs – or displaced persons, as the refugees were called – sought to leave as quickly as possible for the USA or Palestine/Israel.
We are taking the opportunity of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day to invite you to a free guided tour in German of the exhibition “Waiting Room of Hope”, and to show you some selected objects in the Museum that relate and recall the greatest crime of the twentieth century.
Jewish Museum Vienna