United States Holocaust Memorial Musuem is located in Washington D.C. and is the country's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as the national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.
The experience of visiting the Holocaust Memorial Museum Washington was designed to be intensely moving. Everything down to the architectural details was created to evoke emotion. The outside of the building is meant to resemble a German industrial plant. Inside, James Freed's design seems flawed: rooms do not always have right angles, and the windows are different sizes. The cracked floor, the uneven bricks used in construction, and variations in the color were all utilized to create the feel of a world gone mad, as in Nazi Germany.
During museum tour, visitors travel aboard a cargo train, like the victims did, whilst listening to an audio montage of survivors' stories. Exhibits track the rise of the Nazi machine and, in a more positive display, the heroic efforts of others in Europe to save Jews from being caught up in the destruction. When you enter, you will be issued an identity card of an actual victim of the Holocaust. At several points in the tour, you can find out the location and status of the person on your card, though 66% of those whose lives are documented on these cards were already dead by 1945.
The second floor is more upbeat with exhibits showing how non-Jews throughout Europe saved distressed Jews, often risking their lives to do so. Denmark, led by a king who swore that if any of his subjects wore a yellow star, so would he, managed to hide and save 90% of its Jews. Next, there are presentations on living conditions in the camps for Displaced Persons, the emancipation of the camps by the Allies, the exodus of Jews to Israel and America for new life, and the long-awaited trials for justice in Nuremberg. The museum also includes a film exhibit titled ?Testimony,? featuring stories by survivors of the camps.
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