United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, Washington, DC, USA
www.ushmm.org - 1-202-488-0400

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Africancrab Africanc…
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Remember the Children: Daniel's Story & the Permanent Exhibition Jun 27, 2012
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is dedicated to the memory of the 6 million European Jews who were annihilated by German Nazi from 1933- 1945. My family and I went to the museum after touring three outside memorials. We arrived at about 11:00 am, went through security and headed up to the information desk where we got written material on the different exhibitions in the museum. We successfully completed one, but never went through all the permanent exhibit.

The story of Daniel in the “Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story” exhibit is one of the saddest. A childhood robbed by cruelty, hatred and violence. The story of Daniel reminds us not to forget the children of the holocaust. The exhibit has Daniel’s home as was before the holocaust and concentration camps. Excerpts from his diary tell of the uncertainty, the changes that came to his town; the history of the holocaust as seen through the eye of a boy.

As we went through the exhibition, I could feel the uncertainty that Daniel felt once the Nazis came to power. Daniels was an experience of Jewish children from Germany. What was interesting was that we could ask to speak with a holocaust survivor to get first-hand information of what happened.

Besides Daniel’s Story exhibition, we visited the permanent exhibition which features a narrative history of the holocaust. The exhibit has over 900 artifacts from the holocaust, the Nazi concentration camps and the inhumane treatment of the Jews. As we walked through, the voices bring chills to the spine. Unfortunately due to time constraints, we did not complete the exhibition, it was time to go meet Andy.

We plan to go back and complete the tour. This is a great museum, I highly recommend you visit it, should you happen to be in Washington. It is FREE to tour the Museum.

PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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Africancrab says:
Indeed Ian, nothing prepares you for these kinds of things. Wow, I would be freaked out if I saw the holograms. I think with time they will have the same here for the survivors. Most are really old and will die and leave no one to give first hand info.
Posted on: Jul 03, 2012
Dr_Seuss says:
Sometimes hard to take in the sheer scale of the holocaust :( Individual stories help break it down. Think one of the most poignant things I ever saw was, in the Peace Museum in Caen, where, at the end of the exhibition, you came out into a small room full of life size holograms of prisoners in the camps. Bit creepy, but something that has stayed with me all these years
Posted on: Jul 03, 2012
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HuBison HuBison
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A part of world history right in the middle of DC Jul 27, 2011
If you're going to visit here, be sure to read information about how to get your ticket so you can plan your day appropriately. You may have to get there early, get a ticket for a specific time slot and then return later in the day. If this is the case, you may want to wander around without straying too far.

If you're a sensitive or empathetic person, you should bring a tissue or two. If you're a rock hard person, you might be OK, but no matter what ethnic background you're from, this place evokes all sorts of feelings...mostly pisses you off, but other feelings are involved too. There are real items in the museum as well as photographs.

It is really well organized and it's been a while since I've been there. A family member was supposed to visit from out of town and I was going to pitch the US Holocaust Memorial Museum as an option, but she changed her plans and I am thinking of going back on my own.

It sounds odd to say that I hope you enjoy your visit, but it's what I wish for. This is a wonderfully historic must-see when you come to visit DC.
lucasmoreirab lucasmor…
2 reviews
A Must Visit in D.C. Jul 06, 2011
Very impressive place to visit. Amazing and real scenarios.

Actual 40's articles are exposed. Beds, flags, shoes, clothes, tables, etc.

Visitations are in group. Completely free, just join to a group.

No pics are allowed.

Has a great location, on the National Mall. Very close to many other museums and smithsonian metro station.
marldeep marldeep
3 reviews
Very Powerful May 04, 2011
This museum has actual items from the people who suffered from the holocaust. It was really sad, but a must see. I think everyone should experience it so that we don't forget what these people went through.
Andy99 Andy99
623 reviews
Oct 07, 2007
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum opened in 1993. It serves as a memorial to those who perished during the Holocaust and as a research and documentation center.

Visitors encounter the sculpture Loss and Regeneration at the entrance to the museum. The main exhibition space at the museum occupies three floors, beginning at the top floor and then descending to the main floor. The top floor exhibit, entitled Nazi Assault, describes the rise of Nazism and increasingly violent actions against Jewish and other targeted peoples. The next exhibit, entitled Final Solution, documents the implementation of the concentration camps and mass genocide campaign, as well as attempts at escape and intervention. Last Chapter, on the lower level, shows the liberation of the camps and the aftermath of the Holocaust. Throughout, one is confronted with stark images and documentation, objects both real and reproduced, and personal narratives. One cannot remain only an observer, the exhibits challenge one to consider the enormity of the Holocaust and the people and communities who were swept up by it and vanished. At one point, you must enter and walk through one of railway boxcars used to transport victims to the concentration camps. At another, floor to ceiling photos document the ordinary lives of people from a village that disappeared.

I found the use of color photos and film clips to be the most surprising part of the exhibit. One has seen many of the black and white images before: Hitler, Nazi rallies, Kristallnacht, the camps, the victims. However, encountering restored color footage shrinks the distance of time and makes the events surrounding the Holocaust take on a new degree of reality, presence, and malevolence.

Admission to the main exhibit is by timed entry. Visitors must obtain a free ticket with a specified admission time at the information desk. While waiting, there are other exhibits to see, including Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story, documenting the experience of a middle-class boy in Germany. He survived, but his sister and parents did not. The exhibit is especially directed towards children visiting the museum, but all visitors will want to see it. The Hall of Remembrance offers an eternal flame and quiet place for reflection.

A visit to the Holocaust Museum is a profoundly moving experience.
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