WASHINGTON — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington is returning one of its most powerful artifacts to Poland: a wooden barracks that housed prisoners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.
The Washington Post reports the barracks are being returned after the end of a long-term loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The barracks have been at the museum since its opening in 1993 and are a centerpiece of the museum.
The museum has obtained a similar barracks that will replace the ones that are leaving. And the new barracks will belong to the museum.
The museum closed a portion of the third floor on Tuesday so old barracks can be removed and the new one installed. The space will remain closed for five months while switch is made.
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