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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Visitors should come prepared for an experience likely to be disturbing and difficult to forget when visiting United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. At the start of the tour, each visitor is given an identity card of a Holocaust victim that matches the visitor's own age and gender. Ordinary reality is skewed through off-center stairways, weird angles and the shadows of other visitors on the glass walkways overhead. An elaborate audio-visual display includes interviews, films and photographs. The Hall of Remembrance provides a calm, empty space at the end of the tour where one can reflect on the experience. The museum discourages children under 11 from attending. From March to August, free timed passes are required to visit the permanent exhibit. See the official website for more details.
So moving, so visual, so real. Even those of us who don't have direct ties with survivors or victims of the Holocaust are deeply impacted. My kids (early teens) were struck by the personal side of the exhibits -- the shoes in particular. A must see.
I was raised in a rural county in Virginia. While we learned about the Holocaust in school, it was nothing compared what this museum teaches you. Its so moving you just walk around on the verge of tears.
This is a "must see" for everyone, particularly if you have teen children. It makes for a very educational afternoon on such an important part of our history. Beware, it is very emotional. Make sure that you give yourself at least 3 hours. This isn't the type of museum that lends itself well to a quick walk-through, trust me...you will want to see it all. Be sure to bring some money for the book store, there are some great stories available.
I would recommend anyone visiting DC to experience the USHMM. This "exhibit" details the horrors experienced not only by the Jewish, but all of those deemed unfit by the Nazi regime. This is a powerful experience, but also an experience best left for adults. I quickly realized the err in my ways with my son (10 year old), wanting to leave within the first 30 minutes. Prepare yourself for the horrors of Nazi Germany. I left heartbroken, but left with a better appreciation for life and what we have.
I eagerly anticipated my recent visit to the USHMM looking forward to learning more about the event through displays and memoribilia. Unfortunately, my expectations were a lot higher than the museum provided. Most of the displays along the tour consisted of familiar, rehashed photos (found in most any related book), greatly enlarged for dramatic emphasis. The artifacts throughout the exhibits consisted almost entirely of "castings from the original". These "castings" consisted of everything from an operating table to a door frame; thus the USHMM is a sad tour of replicas.
The highlight of my visit to the USHMM, and DC too, was speaking with a holocaust survivor and asking her questions about her experiences as she recalled her teen years in Auschwitz and her later liberation by the Soviet army. Priceless memory.
It is a sad museum since it showcases one of the worse crimes in humanity but it is an execellent learning experience. It learned so much while I was in there. When you go in you get a to pick a liitle pasaport of a victim and which you can read about their lives before the holocaust. If you want to go I suggest you get the tickets at the museum website ahead of time because they are only a number of tickets given each day for the exihibition.
Was there is September 2007. Taking a trip to the DC area this Spring and will plan to take more time at the Holocaust Museum.
Protestant. Mostly German Ancestry.
It is for all of us to see and to understand that treating humans with kindness and respect has no religion nor ethnicity. Surprised what opened up for me after my visit! Highly recommend for all.
I have read in history books about the Holocaust but after going to the museum my life has been changed forever. Never in my life time is my new slogan. I saw things in this museum that shocked me. I would advise this museum to everyone take your children (10 and up) they need to know about this awe time in our worlds history so they will know when to stand up and say Not in my on my watch
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