Holocaust Memorial

By: Ana Rosa Sanchez

holocaust-museum-washington-dc.jpgAs most of us are taught in history class, the Holocaust was one of the most impacting events in the history of the world. It was the time when the Nazi party discriminated, mainly, Jews. First they boycotted there shops and separated them from the rest of the society, later they were forced to live in ghettos, and in the end lots of them were taken to concentration camps; eventually killed. This museum, established in 1993, reminds us of that horrible period in human history. It’s for all those people who died in during the Holocaust and it tries to show people what hate can lead to.

What is the role or purpose of this structure?

Mainly the museum was built to show the people what hate can lead to, as mentioned before. The “creators” of the museum think that it was a critical point in human history, so the museum was built. It was built so people could be educated. The Holocaust was a horrible period in history, and most people would like to avoid something like that happening again. The museum is filled with pictures, pieces of art, and more exhibits
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that show what happened during that time. You see “the creators” don’t want anyone to forget what happened during that time. They want to educate people, so human society doesn’t make the same mistake again.

How was this structure built?

The museum was built between the years of 1989 and 1993. President Carter decided to make a museum that honored the victims of the Holocaust. He put in charge the President’s Commission for the project. They were also responsible to carry the project out and gather donations. Most of the money to build the museum came from (anonymous) private donations. The President’s Commission found architect James Ingo Freed to make the museum. He took trips to concentration camps to inspire him. In the end he decided to give the museum an abstract form. He thought that you can’t force someone to think something. In the end the museum has an abstract form that lets the visitors decide what it means. The visitor can look at it, and decide by himself what that piece of architecture can mean. Also the museum has abstract sculptures that were donated to the museum.

Map to get to the Holocaust Museum

Why is this structure important or noteworthy?

The museum is pretty much an ordinary museum, so no special events happen here; except when they celebrate the year anniversary. Its main purpose is to educate people on the events of the Holocaust. If people are aware of what happen, then they can avoid it happening again. The museum in its webpage says that it wants people to remember every day that hate is not the answer. If people are educated in these types of themes then we can prevent things from happening. People would be able to respect others and genocide wouldn’t happen again.

What do you think when you visit this structure?

Personally, I think that this type of museum should exist all around the world. Its important people are educated in these types of things. Racism or discriminations against a race or religion is wrong. All humans are equal. Yes, on the outside we might be different or have different ideals. Either way I think that people should respect each other, and even when we don’t agree on the same

ideas; we should be able to respect each other. I find World War II and the Holocaust an important time in human history. It shows where hate can take us and the horrible things that it can lead to. Six million Jews died during the Holocaust, that’s a big number. The least we can do is a ceremonial or a museum in honor of those who died or gave their live in World War II. It also creates awareness. It shows that we should be tolerant and respect other people without discriminating them by race, culture, color, or religion.


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In 1939 the worst period in the history of the world started: World War II. With that war, the Holocaust came. The Holocaust, as most of us know, was a period were more than 6 million Jews were killed in Europe. After the war ended, the whole world found out the truth and all the horrible things the Nazi Party did to the Jews. All the world joined the sorrow and the United States made a museum where you can remember all this poor souls that were lost in this period : The Holocaust Museums.
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This museum Provides to the common people the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust History. Also the museum is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy. In this place, you learn about the holocaust, and also it helps as a reminder of what we once did, and what we should never ever do again. This museum is not the only Holocaust museum in the United States. There are more all over the country. Washington D.C. is an important city, so they have this museum here. The Museum honors the millions of lives that were lost in the Holocaust, which were mostly Jews.
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The Holocaust Museum started in 1988. The idea was given by the Commission of the Holocaust before 1988, but the proposal was accepted by Congress in 1988, during Ronald Reagan presidency. The construction was paid by Jeshajahu Weinberg and Chairman Miles Lerman, who raised nearly $190 million from private sources for building design, artifact acquisition, and exhibition creation. The construction took five years, and finally in April 22, 1993, the doors of this museum were open to public. The outside of the building disappears into the neoclassical, Georgian, and modern architecture of Washington, D.C. Upon entering, each architectural feature becomes a new element of architectural allusion to the Holocaust. The Holocaust Museum was designed by the holocaust survivor and architect James Ingo Freed. The museum was intended to evoke deception, solemnity, fear and lack of comfort. The building was similar to the other buildings in D.C.
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The United Sates Holocaust Memorial Museum’s collections contain more than 12,750 artifacts, 49 million pages of archival documents, 80,000 historical photographs, 200,000 registered survivors, 1,000 hours of archival footage, 84,000 library items, and 9,000 oral history testimonies. It also has teacher fellows in every state in the United States and has welcomed almost 400 university fellows from 26 countries since 1994.
This topic, the holocaust, is my favorite topic in all history. Everything about this place was interesting for me. This brings so many emotions to me: anger, frustration, sadness, and others that I cannot identify. They are a mixture of all, I guess. The holocaust was a horrible event in the human history, but we overcome it and we have enough dignity and common sense not to start something like this again.
I was surprised to find out that the building was designed by a holocaust survivor.
I hope that one day I get to visit this place, since the Holocaust is my favorite topic. I think that it is amazing that the United States has various Holocaust Museums, because they show you the great mistake we did and the millions of lives that suffered. Also, that so many people volunteer and so many people give donations, that touches my heart, because it means that there are still good people in the world and that we know that the Holocaust was wrong and that we failed as human beings, but we recovered and we are working on a peaceful world.


The Holocaust Museum

By: Mercedes HF

Building of the Holocaust Museum
The Holocaust Museum, as well as the remaining pieces of the concentration camps, is a reminder of the horrid events that occurred in Adolf Hitler´s term of presidency. Of course, it is not as horrible and sad as the concentration camps, but it gives very important information about the series of events that occurred in the Holocaust. The prime reason for the existence of this museum is for people to understand that what happened in those days cannot be repeated. The extermination of a human race can never happen again. It also demonstrates how a little idea can end up penetrating the minds of many humans, and been taken into action.

The Holocaust means “sacrifice by fire” in Greek. In Germany, 1933, Adolf Hitler became the president. He believed Germans were a superior race, and made everyone think so too. Hitler thought it was his duty to perfect the world by eliminating other inferior races, including homosexuals, handicapped people, and, especially, Jews. Millions of Germans thought that Jews had taken Germany’s glory and success, so their task was to extinguish or exterminate this religion. In fact, Jews weren’t thought as humans! To accomplish this extermination, ghettos were created to separate Jews from other people, and then concentration camps, also called death camps, were made. In the Holocaust, about 6 million Jews were tortured and killed. Finally, the Holocaust was ended with the Second World War, were Germany lost.
This museum is dedicated to all the people who were killed during the term of the Nazis; 1933 to 1945. It gives information about everything that happened, including how the people were treated, what they did, conditions in ghettos and concentration camps, and many different stories of real people who passed through the Nazi term.
The Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C is located near Independence Avenue, also close to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The building was designed by Architect James Ingo Freed, who tried to capture the ideas of the concentration camps and ghettos and reflect it in the architecture of the museum. Still, he said that all the details and forms in the building are to be interpreted by the person who is watching, and there is no literal meaning to how everything is placed. This museum is made up of four floors; it is recommended to start on the fourth floor, since it all goes in chronological order. This means that the first years are on the fourth floor and on the second floor, the last years. The first floor has other interesting exhibitions which make up the whole museum. In my opinion, it is of great importance to have these types of museums which remember the people what happened. Obviously, these are painful memories and huge mistakes humanity has let loose, but if we want to prevent it from happening again, it needs to stay in the minds of everyone. Also, I really liked the structure of the building and how everything was organized. By this, I am referring to the three floors divided into years, and the very first floor having other exhibitions.


Earth from Death Camps

This museum has important information and it also provides ways to keep the example of no-more-discrimination getting to others. There is a room where you can write what your contribution will be to prevent discrimination and racism, and then you throw it in a box for people to see. It is impressive to see how many of those notes are in the boxes, and you really feel hope in trying to eliminate the horrible feelings that started the Holocaust. Also, the Holocaust Museum has different tactics that really get you thinking; for example, there is a room full of Jews’ shoes, and it just leaves you devastated. Besides that, there are quotes all around the building which literally touch your heart. In conclusion, this is not only a place to learn about the horrible events, but also a place to remember and continue with the example of being tolerant, and to accept others. As I said before, this cannot happen again. Not only because a huge war (World War II) followed the Holocaust but because now, in the twenty first century, it would mean that our efforts to accept others were in vain, and that we have not advanced mentally. Extinguishing a race is not the answer to any problem, nor is war or hate.


The Holocaust Museum

Arantza Rodriguez Puertos


During the Holocaust, many Jews were killed in the cruelest ways. The ones that survived had to face very difficult problems and injustices. Hitler and his Nazi party wanted to exterminate all the Jews in Europe, and even though their goal failed, millions of Jews were killed. Jews tried to hide wherever they could, and the ones that got discovered were taken to concentration camps. Some were taken to work camps, which meant that they would work until their health would allow them. The others were taken to extermination camps were, as soon as they got there, they were taken to gas chambers and killed. In the United States Holocaust Museum they have several images, objects, pictures, videos and other things that help us understand better the difficult moments that the Jews passed at this times.

The Holocaust Museum was created to make conscience between the people that visit it about all the cruelties that the Jews had to pass during the Holocaust. In this museum they have certain videos, and things that were actually taken from the moment. It was built in the capital to remember all those who died and suffered during the Holocaust. It honors all the Jews that lived at this time, and all the courage they had to face this situation. The U.S. honors them because some of them came running to the U.S. in look for refuge. They suffered a lot, and it is always good to remember and honor this good people that were killed in an unjust way.

The Holocaust Museum was built by architect James Ingo Freed. He wanted the museum to have no specific architectural style, so that each person could interpret it as they felt it. On the first of November of 1978, the president of the United States, Jimmy Carter, got the idea to create a specific place to remember all those who died during the Holocaust. In 1980, Congress allowed the museum to be a permanent memorial for all the victims that died during the Holocaust. The federal government gave 1.9 acres of land for the creation of this museum as well as all the money that was needed for its construction. The construction began in July of 1989 and was finished in April 1933. Shaike Weinberg was the director of all this construction and was in charge of the Museum’s daily operation at the beginning. From the outside, the building is made from limestone. To the south, it has the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The east side of the museum faces the 14th Street. Currently the museum counts with permanent and temporary exhibitions which change over time.

HolocaustMuseum_preview.jpgAs I mentioned before, this museum honors all the Jews that lived during the Holocaust. They are mentioned because they were innocents that the Nazis wanted to exterminate. There are several important historical events that are talked about in this museum. At first, the museum begins before the war when the Jews lived happily without affecting other people. Then, the museum shows us how the Nazis obligated the Jews to live in ghettos taking their liberty away. Next, it demonstrates us how the Jews were separated and taken into the two different types of concentration camps. To continue, it shows us how the Jews were killed and exterminated, and how they lived in the concentration camps. Finally, the museum shows us how the Jews that survived were liberated as the war ended, and they ran out to be free.

Before we got to the museum, I was really looking forward in learning more about the Jews and their way of living during the Holocaust. As soon as we arrived, we had to make a long line in order to pass through security and enter the museum. When we actually got inside, a card was given to me. This card had the name of a woman and her story as a Jew in the Holocaust. Each one of us got a different person, and I really liked that. I think it made our experience in the museum more personal. Soon enough, we went to an elevator towards the highest part of the building. The museum started from top to bottom. Each one of the floors demonstrated a different term in the daily lives of the Jews during the Holocaust. The highest floor showed us of how happy and normally the Jews lived, before all this situation occurred. They were neither discriminated, nor treated harshly. Children attended school, played outside, and had fun. Then it starts showing how Hitler when into rule and everything started to change. In the second level it shows us how the Jews were taken into ghettos and separated from the rest of the world. The next level, allows us to learn more about the separation that was done, and the ones that were taken to work camps and to extermination camps. There is even a sample of a wagon of the trains in were the Jews were transported to this concentration camps. I was surprised and impressed to find an enormous box of shoes of all the Jews that were killed. As I passed by, I had not noticed that they were shoes, but as I looked carefully I discovered that they were. The amount of shoes was impressive. I learned that before they got killed, the Jews had to take their shoes and clothes away. The shoes were reused and some were fixed to be used as shoes, while others were transformed into tires and other things. As we got to the lower level, I discovered of all the cruelties the Jews passed during the Holocaust. While we were there, we could have gotten the opportunity to talk with a Jew that survived, but due to our tight schedule we were not able to talk with her. As I passed through each level, I felt angrier with the Nazis, and really sad about all the harsh moments the Jews had to pass through.
I think that it is really good that they make this kind of museums that help us realize the cruelty of the events that occurred during the Holocaust. I had read books, seen movies, but visiting this museum allowed me to get a real glance at the situations that the Jews had to pass through. In my personal opinion this museum is very well structured. The way you start on the top and work your way towards the bottom is a unique way of designing the museum. I really enjoyed my visit here, and if I had the opportunity I would visit it again.


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One of the most important successes in humanity was the World War II. It was a global impact because 11 million people were killed in the Holocaust and that was the reason of the World War II. This event changed everythi

ng because it was an act of cruelty and inhumane, were innocent people were killed in a horrendous way. Thanks to this catastrophe we have more knowledge and culture and there are many places where spreads what happen with many details and make us comprehend the suffering at that time and the complications of the people. The Holocaust museum in Washington DC is one of the best museums were you can get specific information and deep more about what happened in the Holocaust and World War II.

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This museum is in 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest Washington D.C an is a huge three floor building that give you the sensation that you are in a concentration camp, but at the same time you feel you are at a museum. You start at the third floor and finish in the first floor. You get in many rooms and each room shows you something different like the life at that time, the war, the concentration camp, information about survivors of the holocaust and of experiences of children that went to war.

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This museum purpose is to give you more culture and knowledge of what happened in those time and not only in the war, but what happen before, during, and after. There was a lot of background information and supportive fact that give you more culture. They did this museum to cultivate moral and respect by showing events that change the world in a tremendous way.

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Holocaust Museum
As you know, World War II started with the German attack against the Polish. At that time, Adolf Hitler was the dictator of Germany. He was from the Nazi party and they hated Jewish people. Hitler took control of almost all the Europe, and captured Jews and made them to live in ghettos for a couple of months. Later they sent them to the concentration camps. The camps were all over the Europe. This period or this action by the Nazis was called the Holocaust. Not only Jews were killed, but also homosexuals, disabled, Gypsy, people from Jehovah’s witnesses, and people who were against Nazis. More than six million people died during the Holocaust. This Holocaust Museum might be the evidence to show us how those people were brutally treated by the Nazis.
First of all, this memorial is dedicated to the millions of people who were executed during the Nazi’s ruling. It presents a narrative history of the Holocaust. Inside the museum, there are nine hundred artifacts, seventy monitors showing the Holocaust videos, and four theatres showing films. There are tours and they start on the fourth floor and go down. In the entrance they give passport or copy of ID card of holocaust people to each person. There are lots of exhibitions that people might enjoy or feel sad of.
This memorial was built by architect James Ingo Freed. They started building it in 1989 and finished in 1993. Later it was dedicated by President William Clinton. The museum is in the national mall, located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, in Washington D.C. The style of the building is modern style, and it is built to make people feel sadness, and horror. The whole building is taking one point nine acres.
The purpose of the Holocaust Memorial is to show the history of the holocaust and the Nazis. As I said, millions of people including Jews were killed during the Holocaust. The interesting fact is that Dalai Lama, the Tibetan political leader, was the first visitor of the memorial. In 2000, the Holocaust Memorial was elected as the third most popular attraction in D.C.
First of all, the Star Spangled Banner calls my attention, because most of the Nazis worked in Europe, but USA made the memorial for those European countries. Maybe they should put EU flag to represent it belongs to European Jews. The interesting thing was that if we enter, they give us ID card of holocaust people. I have learnt that US really cared about other country’s most important events. I knew that the holocaust was the period of Nazi’s genocides against European Jews and other people. I was very surprised to find out that Dalai Lama was the first visitor of this memorial, because he is from Asia, and there’s no reason to invite his as the first visitor. If I was there, I would feel sadness, horror, and feel sorry for the people in the camps. I would think that it will be painful when we were in the camps. I wonder how the people survived the camps. Nothing happened, because I wasn’t there. I was just here in Tampico. I think that the museum has lots of nice exhibition, but some of them are not good or cruel for the kids under eleven. I like the building’s architectural style and the fact that the tickets are for free.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
map_holocaust.jpgBy Julián Fueyo

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a clear purpose: to provide a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values.
Its “primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.”
The museum is located among the national monument to freedom on the National Mall: south of the intersection of 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW, and is between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. A block away from the Washington Monument. Designed by James Ingo Freed in 1980, in my eyes the museum has a modern architecture. Although its facade could be described by many as a classical one due to its brick walls and moldings, I believe it is part of the experience. My thoughts are due to my believe that such architecture is meant to transport the spectator and, In the words of architect James Ingo Freed, the Museum's architecture is intended to be a "resonator of memory." It is for this reason that I classify such an architectural piece as modern: in more of a modern-art sense. 20090610_holmuseum_1.jpg
Since 1993, the museum has had more than thirty-million visitors: nine million of them are school children. The museum also receives Government officials. For instance, ninety-one heads of state, as well as members of the Judiciary, Military, and other professions have been welcomed to promote human dignity in the future generations of leaders. Equally important it is to mention that, today, ninety per cent of the visitors are not Jewish; the website is the worlds leading online authority on the holocaust: average, it receives visits from over one-hundred different countries, daily. Last year, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reached over 24 million people, and most of them did not walk through the doors of the museum’s facilities. This shows the great impact this organization currently has over the world.
In fact, I shall acknowledge I am included in the huge list of individuals that have been touched by this organization. Something that really caught my attention? Just the experience of having in front of a huge pile of footwear used by the people who were incinerated in the concentration camps is purely something that goes beyond description. Although I already knew some data about World War II and its background, I was surprised to find that, as a matter of fact, I did not know much about it. For instance, I learned how was it that the Nazi party made itsHolocaust_air.jpg way towards power, or how was it that such heartless reforms were supported by the Judiciary branch, by the government itself, and by society.
To conclude, I would like to mention that when in and out of the museum, one can easily identify oneself with the victims of such Genocides. Due to its organization and the accuracy with which it operates, I shall also acknowledge that this museum does an extraordinary job in fulfilling its mission and clearly goes beyond it.

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Holocaust Museum

By: Victoria Mejíaholocaust_museum.jpg

Washington is definitely a place where you can go and learn something about history, about people, about events, about heroes of the past. A place where you are presented with the story of more than 6 million people who were judged based on their religion is the United States Holocaust Museum. This is definitely a place that should be visited when in Washington DC.
Location, Architecture, Construction
The museum was built on land donated by the federal government with more than 2, 00,000 private donations. Located among other national monuments to presidents and wars in the National Mall, it has a really good spot where it gets more than 15,000,000 visitors a year. Its exact address is 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, D.C. The museum took almost 4 years to build, from 1989 to 1993 and finally opened to public on April 26, 1993. The museum’s architect is James Ingo Freed, who was, in fact, a Holocaust survivor.

This museum offers visitors several exhibitions. It presents the story of how the Holocaust unfolded and the annihilation of European Jews by Nazi Germany started from 1933 to 1945, when the USA finally intervened. This is explained through various ways. The exhibitions includes around 900 artifacts that may be belongings and objects from the victims and survivors and film footage, testimonies and photographs of the cruelties that took place in the Nazi’s concentration camps. It also has the exhibition of the Hall of Remembrance which honors all the victims and survivors. It’s a great learning experience and every day the museums goal of educating people about the Holocaust and everything that surrounds it, is accomplished.

Historical Sgnificance
When the museum opened one of its main purposes was to establish a living memorial to everything that happened during the Holocaust, to have a place where people can be educated about this major event in history. The historical significance of this museum is what it represents. It honors the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and the moral strength and struggle they had to face. They are being honored because they are people that gave
all they had to live and even after all they went through, they are still living and probably with a new prospective of life. They are admirable people. Honoring them with this museum is the least that can be done. This museum also has as goal to inspire all who visits it each year and teach them about genocide so when they witness it they can stop it and prevent it, to confront hatred and promote human dignity. The United States Holocaust Museum is much more than just a simple museum where you go and see a bunch of stuff. It’s trying to make a change in the world by educating and preventing people from committing the same mistakes that were done in the past. It’s remarking the significance of the Holocaust.

Review/Reflection & Opinion
The Holocaust museum was one of the places I found most interesting in DC. First of all because WWII and the Holocaust are one of my favorite topics in history to learn about and it was definitely my top choice when I had to choose three sites to write reports about because that meant researching deeper and I wanted to do that. As I was researching I took a virtual exhibition of some of the artifacts and things the museum offers visitors. I got the chance to see pretty interesting things and it arouse in me regret that I wouldn’t be able to go and see it with my own eyes. That is because I didn’t take part in the Washington DC trip. Another thing I noticed is that when I researched the place I encountered myself being mad and sad about the Holocaust event and for that I applaud the way the museum chose to present the information because it really puts you thinking about how serious the situation really was. I would recommend any traveler going to DC to visit this museum because I know for a fact they wouldn’t be wasting their time at all.


By: Alberto Castillo

Holocaust Museum
external image holocaust-museum-washington-dc.jpgIn remembrance and honor of those who died and those who still live, stands the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. The Holocaust Museum is a place where you are expected not only to respect, but to understand the logistics behind an atrocious genocide like the holocaust. It is a place where people come to mourn those who were lost, and to celebrate those who survived, and to honor those who helped them, and to forgive those who killed them. It is a place which symbolism cannot and most likely will not be surpassed; it stands as somewhat of a monument to those who were involved. Barely is it important to look at the outer façade, as the most important things are on the inside. An imposing ceiling rising more than 18ft above your head impresses the guest of the museum just as they enter.
This museum is an icon of Washington DC and it cannot be replaced or substituted. It stands as a building that visitors can attend every day to honor and learn about those who died. Inside there are many exhibitions that show Hitler’s rise to power and how he convinced the German people that Nazi’s were the supreme party. There are several exhibitions on Nazi propaganda, and a lot more on how Jews were treated whilst living miserably in the camps.external image 2194126512_abec839fc7.jpg
Admission in the museum is free, but people need a reservation to attend as a group. Security whilst entering is one of the strictest in all of Washington because of the sentimental importance of the museum. An attack to the museum driven by hatred to either the holocaust of the Jewish religion would be a calamity. The layout of the museum is actually very interesting; it is built as a downward spiral, literally. There are three main floors which the visitors can attend, the top floor explaining the start of the holocaust, the second one explaining what happened throughout the war, and the third one mostly explaining how Jews survived the holocaust.
In between exhibits are many original items that belonged to a number of Jews killed during the holocaust, this is a very shocking part of the museum due to the fact that as you look at their belongings, you begin to comprehend that all the owners of those things are dead. It is at first an overwhelming feeling after which you understand that any future opportunity of genocide must be stopped at all cost, there is no way that a calamity and a mistake like this can occur again. Now, we are well informed and communicated throughout the world, which means that it will be much harder for any given region to try to isolate the event and claim it was necessary.
external image 220px-Holocaust_Remembrance_Week.JPGThrough this unique experience is the only way that an individual can comprehend the magnitude of the holocaust, movies are not even close to the catastrophe that really occurred. I think that the most important part of the museum is the theater, a small, charming place seating about fifty people at most. It is not only the place where survivor testimonies are played, it is also built completely using stone from the holy land of Jerusalem, which brings symbolism to another level inside the museum. To conclude, this is a life-changing experience that no individual can miss.
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