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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.
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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“Must see attraction of all religions”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

We spent 2 hours with our 12 and 14 year old children and that was appropriate balance of time. We did not watch any of the films and skipped over some spots. You can easily spend 4 hours but I think our timing was best for our teenagers. Very powerful and well done.

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Bakersfield, California
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“Dramatic and emotional”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

The volunteers/staff at the museum are extraordinary! The exhibits were well designed and gave the impression that you are participating. I learned a lot. I will never forget walking through and around the train cars.

Visited March 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

This is an amazing museum dedicated to this horrific event in history. If you only have time for a few of the museums in D.C this must be one of them. Being given your identification card on entrance is such a great idea to really make you identify with the victims. So much of this museum is hard to swallow but it's so important to see so that hopefully something like this never occurs again.

I really wish that I had had all day to go through this museum but I only had a few hours before I had to leave D.C. More time was really needed to be thorough.

Visited November 2013
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Rocklin, California, United States
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“Great Museum”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

This museum is a must see. Definitely add it to your itinerary. You enter the open lobby area where you can sit and enjoy the building or visit the museum store. You start the tour by being assigned an actual person who either survived or died during the holocaust. The exhibits are great and make sure to view the video sections that go deeper into the history. I think the most haunting part of the museum is the hall of shoes. Its a hall full of shoes recovered from the concentration camps. It definitely leaves an impression. The hall of portraits is also amazing. All in all a great museum that everyone needs to visit.

Visited September 2013
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Savannah, Georgia
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“Not a tourist attraction, a requirement for humanity”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

I honor the memory of my loved ones by visiting their known grave sites.
I honor the existence of those known &unknown who perished at the hands of history by visiting the Holocaust Museum each time I visit DC. For this is both their gravesite and their known place of origin. I am thankful to those who created this building of stone and concrete. The world has a place to go, to see, to hear, to ask, to pray,to wonder, to remember. The shoes, the suitcases...the artifacts..the names of the towns etched on the glass which no longer exist ...thank you for bringing together the living and the dead for an authentic time of reflection and horrific reality of what the world allowed to happen. Know the past, so that we can recognize the hints, should evil raise it's ugly head. Never again. Memorize the faces, the names of people, the names of children , the names of extinct towns. Know the signs. Understand this amazingly sensitive capture of what went wrong. Through each visit to the HM, we pay tribute to the life of each and every soul who perished or survived this despicable act of humanity's ugliest hours. Choose freedom for all. Speak up when you see the slightest hint when hatred seeps into speech or acts. Visit the HM again and again. Never again. Say it, " never again." Teach your children, " Never again. " Do not forget.
Thank you, Holocaust Museum for being that place to receive our renewed commitment to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of sexual preference, freedom to be who we are.

Visited December 2013
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