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“Not exactly what I expected-Daniels story is great though!”

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.
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Definately go through the Daniels story exhibit. Especially if you have kids! It runs through the holocaust though a childs eyes and it really helped my kids understand what they must have felt like. All the hype about the permanent exhibition was a bit overated. Overall the exhibit is very sobering. The first floor of the exhibit is primarily about how the nazi's occupied germany. There is alot of reading so be prepared! It was extremely crowded; even with the timed entry. As you decend floors it begins to show more about the actual holocaust but I think we expected to see more of the Jews struggle than the facts about what happened.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Certainly you would not visit this Museum unless you had a great interest in the Holocaust or related history, so you should know to expect an extremely solemn experience. The same company that built the exhibits here made a bid on new exhibits at a museum where I was working a few years ago, so I visited it shortly after it opened, and then took my wife there about a year ago.
From my philosophical perspective, in order to understand and appreciate the very best of what mankind can do (and be), we must also come to understand the worst. A visit to this museum does exactly what it should do. It takes you about as close to the experience of reality as you are likely to ever know, unless you, a friend or a loved one was part of the Holocaust.
This is not propaganda or exhibits slanted in one direction or another either politically or philisophically. This is immersion. This is undeniable truth. This is brutal reality. After your visit you will have a very vivid and somber new definition for the word “atrocity.” Try to arrange to meet afterward with someone you can share a deep and reassuring embrace with. You will need it.

Thank WhirldWind
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

There is nothing to dislike. It is a moving and personal experience. It amazes me that these same types of butchery still continue. Will we ever learn.

Thank uh17tex
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

This was my second time here, both with 8th grade class trips. My group had a reservation and we arrived in plenty of time. Our guide checked the group in and we waited for about 10-15 minutes past our appointed time. When we finally let in our group was split and put onto an elevator that they really filled FULL. When we got off on the top floor we were unable to move too far away from the elevator. There were far too many people (not even from our group) trying to navigate through a somewhat narrow display area. It was impossible for anyone to see much. (By the way, there are disturbing photos blown up and visible to everyone so please consider this when judging whether or not to take children. Many of the graphic pictures are hidden by a barrier but one of the 1st pictures is not). We were very disappointed that we couldn't see and it felt very warm in the museum. My small group of 3 students finally got through this area but we encountered other bottle necks throughout the museum. This caused us to have to breeze through many other parts of the museum because we had a set time we had to depart.

The museum is well done and sobering. However, they need to spread out group arrivals more so that everyone can experience what they are trying to preserve. Upon entering you can pick up a passport of an actual person living at the time of the war. It has a picture and brief history of the person. The back page tells you what happened to them.
The museum is centrally located near main attractions.

Thank slpgradstu
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Huge disappointment! This was a horribly weak presentation of one of the most horrific cases of genocide in man's history. The museum was not easy to navigate, on a quiet day there were still difficulties with bottlenecks and figuring out where to go, and the parts that were accessible without a ticket were quite frankly a joke and failed to evoke any of the emotions that should be overwhelming in such a memorial. Oradour-sur-Glane in France left our family introspective and deeply moved. The US Holocaust Museum left us feeling frustrated and deeply disappointed. So much more could have been done with the space to educate the huge number of people that tour this museum each year.

Thank HughAkston
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