Stepping Into Someone Else’s Shoes

Review of the Holocaust Museum:

I had a great experience at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibits were set up in a very organized way and the order of topics made sense. What I liked most were the visual artifacts there were there to look at. By having the bunks from Auschwitz, the train car, the clothes, etc. I was able to put myself into the shoes of someone who was a victim to the Holocaust. The presence of tangible objects made it all very real. Also, I liked that the museum had real video footage playing from televised speeches and events that aired while the Holocaust was going on. The German propaganda section was most interesting to me. I was intrigued, yet at the same time disgusted, by the information about how the Holocaust came to be and how Hitler was able to carry it out. I find it so odd that so many citizens were able to be brainwashed by Hitler and were tricked by his tactics to the point where they started to support genocide.

The talk that was given by the survivor of the Holocaust caused me to think more deeply about the different ways in which people suffered. Although the survivor was never put into a concentration camp, he struggled as a refugee and was affected at a young age. I liked that he included information about his life before and after the Holocaust, which allowed me to realize the way that it affected his future and well being even after being brought to an end. The course of his life was changed completely by being displaced during WWII.

One thing that I noticed about the museum was that there was no exhibit dedicated to those who were experimented on by Nazi doctors during the Holocaust, at least from what I saw. I was familiar with the testing done on innocent people during WWII before visiting the museum and was shocked to see that the museum did not mention it. Overall, the museum was very well-done and had an immense amount of detail regarding the Holocaust. It paid tribute to those who lost their lives and those that sacrificed in order to save others from that fate. It was an emotional experience and I learned a lot about the nature of genocide, how it is carried out, and how it affects people’s lives even today.

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