This museum is beautifully constructed with great attention to detail and presentation. However, I found the name of the museum entirely misleading. This museum is really about the history of the Jewish people and spends only a single room on the actual atrocities of the Holocaust. And of that room, it only shows tired old newsreel footage that everyone has already seen in high school world history classes. I expected better than that from this museum. I've been to Mathausen and Dachau, and it is a far more powerful experience than this. They could have reconstructed some of the concentration camps to give you a feel for the enormity of the inhumanity of the Nazis.
Now for my biggest criticism of this museum, if you are going to call it a Holocaust memorial, at least cover it entirely to include the millions of non-Jews exterminated as well. There is very little coverage of this in the museum and you almost get the impression only Jews were killed. The museum as it stands should be called "The Jewish History Museum and Jewish Holocaust Museum". Had it been named as such, I would have had only the complaint about it not bringing home the magnitude of what the Nazis did in a new and novel way not available outside of Europe.
I understand that it was built by the Detroit Jewish community, but that doesn't excuse it from ignoring the millions of non-Jews killed in the Holocaust. The more I went through the museum, the more annoyed I got by this glaring omission.
I wouldn't recommend this for young children as I saw one 10 year old girl sobbing watching the newsreels. However, mine have already seen them and were unemotional watching them. That's when I realized they had failed to emotionally reach a large portion of the population, jaded teenagers. I guarantee, they would be moved by the concentration camps themselves.
Overall, if you've got a couple of hours to kill in the Detroit area and have already covered the major attractions, give this one a visit.
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