Good morning! I hope you are having a great week so far. I noticed on the evening news last night that some of you are experiencing blizzard conditions today, or perhaps tornado’s? Whatever the case, be careful not to mess with the weather.
I know last week I shared my Spring Break with you to Washington D.C and I hope I did not bore you because today I want to tell you about the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
I have studied the Holocaust and Holocaust Literature for years and I always try to squeeze in several hours at the U.S. Holocaust Museum when I am in D.C. When I worked in Washington I used to visit here often and I always learn something new.
The Holocaust Memorial Museum opened in April 1993 and to date over 30 million people have visited. The museum is a memorial to the millions of people who were killed in the Holocaust, to include 1.5 Jewish children, 3 million Jewish Women, 2 million Jewish men. In addition to the millions of Romani, homosexuals, Polish and Soviet Political prisoners, mental patients and disabled people who were killed in over 40,000 camps.
As you enter the exhibits you are given the “passport”, actually a copy of an id card and a brief biography of a person from the Holocaust. You are then taken in an elevator to the fourth floor where the exhibits start.
The permanent exhibition contains 900 of artifacts, from prisoners uniforms, to the yellow patches the Jews were made to wear, to a train car used to transport the people, to art and so much more. There are videos and narratives by actual survivors to give you a chance to hear in their own voices their experiences.
The museum is quite an experience, and at times a bit overwhelming so it is not recommended for children under the age of 11. If you are planning to visit be sure to schedule at least 3 hours.
There are no photos allowed inside the museum, but if you are interested you can go to the museum web page.
If you are interested in a great documentary about two Americans that saved 50 children visit HERE.
If you would like to see a friendship during the occupation visit HERE.
And if you are interested in an excellent book about a 16 year old boys experience in the concentration camps go HERE.
If you have been to the US Holocaust memorial Museum I would be very interested to know what you thought about your visit.
I hope you have a great day, be safe in the bad weather.