I brought my 2 kids, aged 14 and 8, to this museum on their spring break. First off, I will say that I do not suggest bringing very little kids to this museum --- first, because of the subject matter (which might require a great deal of parental explanation beforehand) and second, because of the way the exhibits are presented. It is a very print-heavy exhibit and there is a lot of reading involved to fully appreciate the pictures and the artifacts presented. Furthermore, if you take time to read through all the exhibits, the visit to the museum can span a few hours. The patient reader, however, will be tremendously rewarded because the whole history of Jewish persecution is articulately explained. What I truly liked about the museum is that it presented a major piece of human history and viewed it with a local lens by featuring snippets about Jewish survivors who found themselves living in Houston. At the end of the exhibit, there is a theatre where a movie is shown featuring oral history from the mouths of Houston-based Holocaust survivors. To say that the film is moving is an understatement. I shed a few tears, mostly on the tales of mothers like me, some of whom chose to die with their little children and others who chose to kill their own child to save others. One cannot view the exhibits and watch the film without thinking about fate, race, evil and life's meaning. Make sure to venture down the hall to view the Eric Alexander Garden of Hope, dedicated to the million and a half children who perished during the Holocaust. To its right, you will also find a World War II railcar that was one of several types used to deport the Jews and transport them to the concentration camps, and a Danish rescue boat similar to the type that the Danes used to ferry Danish Jews to safety in Sweden.
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