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“Everyone should see it”

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Owner description: A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Tickets are only needed from March 1 to August 31 to visit the Museum's Permanent Exhibition, which tells the history of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Exhibitions Include: Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition presents a narrative history of the Holocaust and features historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Personal objects and the concluding eyewitness testimonies highlight the stories of individuals. Recommended for ages 11 or older. The Portal: A Real-Time Conversation with People Forced to Flee Persecution The Shared Studios Portal allows you to have a face-to-face conversation with someone in another part of the world-as if you are standing in the same room. Through this installation, visitors will be able to converse in real time with displaced persons or refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Germany Remember the Children: Daniel's Story Representing the experiences of many Jewish children during the Nazi era, "Daniel" narrates through his diary the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. Recreated environments present life in a middle-class German home, in a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, and finally at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition is explicit without being graphic. Recommended for ages 8 or older. Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust addresses one of the central questions about the Holocaust: How was it possible? The central role of Hitler and other Nazi Party leaders is indisputable. Less well understood is these perpetrators' dependence on countless others for the execution of Nazi racial policies. Within Nazi Germany and across German-dominated Europe, circles of collaboration and complicity rippled throughout governments and societies wherever victims of persecution and mass murder lived.
Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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“Everyone should see it”
Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

Very moving--you won't forget it. Be sure to get there at 10:00 to get the free tickets and be prepared to be there a while. This is probably not the place for younger children.

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Eden, North Carolina
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“Deeply Touching , Bring Tissues!”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

This museum was truly moving. Each exhibit grabs you by the heartstrings and tells these people's stories in ways you never thought imaginable. I can promise you that you will not leave with dry eyes and if you do then my hat is off to you. While this museum shows the horrific treatment of so many during World War II, it also shows how many overcame such atrocities. It shows the darkest of human nature and still how the light of human nature can shine through even the darkest. This museum is their testament of survival and remembrance of those that didn't survive. For me the moment that was most eerie and most solemn was the hall of shoes. There just aren't any words, you have to experience this museum for yourself. Definitely a must see but I wouldn't recommend taking young children until they are old enough to understand what happened to these people. It will grip you and I truly believe every person should go through this museum once so that no such thing happens again in our world.

Visited July 2011
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Durham, North Carolina
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

A somber but well done and very important museum for everyone to visit. The exhibits are impressive and the staff is very helpful. It can get crowded at times, with visitors and school tours, so be patient. Extensive library for those wanting to do research.

Visited May 2012
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Surreal”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

how to describe this as awesome given the history behind it all , however a must to visit

Visited July 2011
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Vancouver, Canada
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“It was interesting”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

This museum has had a LOT of money poured into it. I understand the sentiment behind it and the necessity of telling the story of the holocaust. Somehow it just felt really overdone and really overspent..It was crowded when we visited and the exhibits and displays were just what you expect to see in a place this specific- it was all a bit weird to me- perhaps sensory overload, but the emotions and the stories are pretty intense so it could be just too much all at once..

Visited May 2012
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