As a museum professional I was profoundly impressed by the quality of the installations and the didactic structures. As a person, I was left shattered by the sorrow. The museum focuses on the Lithuanian Jewish community and focuses on the specific (stories of the children who survived) and the general (history of Jews in Lithuania, the nature of antisemitism, etc.) My husband (the son of immigrant Lithuanian Catholics) found many answers to his questions about the antisemitism he heard from his parents, the context of the genocide, and more. The quiet, calm tone of the labels, the dispassionate recounting of facts, did more than the most emotional, dramatic language could ever do in helping the visitor understand what happened and why it matters.
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