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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.
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“A Must See!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2004

We visited here on July 19. This museum was my favorite one that we visited in DC. It does have some graphic images, which I thought was important to really depict the horror of the holocaust. Yet, it was done very well. There is so much historical data and information here, but it also brings it down to getting to know some individual victims. I highly recommend this museum as a must see on your trip to D.C.

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“An important lesson for us all!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2004

These powerful images and exhibits would help anyone understand the full horror of war, particularly when hatred against fellow man is taken to the limit. From my visit, I took special note of how many other groups of individuals other than the Jews were also targets of vicious persecution. Visitors are given a passport that assumes the identity of victims and can then follow their life through the museum.
My character was a Jehovah's Witness who was one of thousands sent to the camps because they refused to join the army or Heil Hitler. In the research department I was able to listen to a song written by a Jehovah's Witness in the camps and sung by a former internee. This made me weep at the time and will be a lasting memory from my visit.

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“Do not miss this one!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2003

Visited D.C. recently with my father,we stayed in this museum for 6 hours.Very impressive and a fitting tribute to a horrible time in our past.Do not miss it.There is a childrens exhibit for those too young.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2002

This Memorial and Museum is one of the most important installed in the DC mall, and the most haunting. It is definitely not in the light-hearted category of the Air and Space or the Natural History Museum, nor is it meant to be. It is, like all good museums, meant to educate and move the visitor, and it succeeds mightily. Beginning on the top floor, the self-guided tour walks you through the history of the rise of the Nazis, the diabolical extermination plan, the other victims, the camps and much more. Powerful and nearly- but not completely -overwhelming, but really the only word I can think of to sum it up is haunting. I had to skip some videos which were too graphic for me to handle, but this they also thought of as you must walk up to the half wall and look down at the video screen, shielding those who cannot see those visual images without queasiness (definitely me). Some rooms left me completely in tears at the force of the simple display, for instance a room of shoes from victims, and the overall experience should (and does) make one contemplate the immensity of the holocaust, and the amazement that such a thing could (and does) occur in our modern world. The final room is a beautiful tribute to those who risked (and many who gave) their lives to save others during the extermination process, proving that one person's actions can make a difference.

I find it such an important historical museum that I recommend spending at least a couple of hours learning more about this period of history.

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