U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Amber Autumn on May 11, 2005

"Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break." ~William Shakespeare

To get on the upper levels, you had to call Pro Tix (800/400-9373) to get a timed pass. My classmates and I were shoved into this tiny, cramped elevator after we received small blue booklets with the U.S. seal and "For the dead and the living we must bear witness" printed on top. The booklets contained a person through the Holocaust, and on each floor we saw what happened to the person. A small movie theater on the third floor introduced how Hitler came to power and blamed the Jews for their debts. Through the floors, I saw how the Jews were tortured with the gas chamber, labor camps, the prisons, and cruel medical experiments. I was a little disturbed by some of the images, but they made me remember this actually had happened long ago.

The museum did a wonderful job recapturing what happened. You were intrigued about what was around every corner. What really got to me was a room of shoes. Each shoe represented the hundreds of people who died. Depressing and enjoyable, the museum is a reminder of what hate can do to a country. The end of the floors is walking down a long staircase to the Hall of Witness, where Daniel's Story is. The exhibit was a hands-on exhibition, telling what happened to this boy and his family. I didn't know there was a gift shop, so I stood looking around at this enormous hall with millions of people. This museum has truly remembered what was on the booklet: "For the dead and the living we must bear witness."

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, Sw
Washington, D.C., United States, 20024
(202) 488-0400


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