Silence carried across the rooms of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as students from the Political Science club and The Commuter learned the harrowing truth of what happened during the Holocaust.
The Washington DC museum broadens public knowledge. Many students, buckled with emotion, walked through the exhibit crying, praying, and honoring the people affected by the nightmares inflicted by the Holocaust.
According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website, since the exhibits open in 1993, there has been more than 40 million visitors, including 99 heads of state and ten million school-age children.
Many of the students from Northampton Community College that attended this memorial described the exhibit as not only painful and heart wrenching, but a powerful learning experience.
There are five exhibitions, included in the memorial. Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust, American Witnesses, Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story, Syria: Please Don’t Forget Us, and Americans and the Holocaust.
According to their official website, https://www.ushmm.org/ these exhibits focus on the narrative history of the Holocaust, and the experiences of American men and women who saw first-hand evidence of Nazi atrocities.
The memorial uses not only pictures and videos to express the message, but audio and atmospheric elements are used.
Visitors will encounter personal objects, eyewitness testimonies of individual survivors, historical artifacts, photographs, art pieces, and film footage.
According to the website, the art and photography included in the museum were chosen by an independent jury and the museums architect.
NCC students described the memorial as not only powerful, but something that was difficult to go through because of the horrible acts that were forced upon the Jewish people.
Not only a place to memorialize those affected by the Holocaust, but an educational experiences for the people on the real horrors of what happened during World War II.
The museum’s mission was to advance the knowledge about the tragedy and to preserve the memory of those who suffered, according to the official website.
Giving people information on confronting, preventing, and taking action on genocide, teaching about Anti-semitism and Holocaust denial, and giving the bold facts of what happened during this time.
The museum is open everyday excluding Yom Kippur and Christmas Day. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., tickets are only needed March through August, other months no tickets are needed. The museums also take donations for the exhibits.