U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
In the early 1930’s, Adolf Hitler, Fuhrer of Germany, began enforcing his anti-Semitic ideology. Six million Jews and millions of others were targeted in systematic, state-sponsored genocide. The Holocaust Memorial Museum stands as a living memorial to those victims. It presents a narrative history using over 900 artifacts, videos, and eyewitness accounts. The exhibit is divided into three sections: Nazi Assault, Final Solution, and Last Chapter.
Daniel’s Story – This special exhibit chronicles the experience of a 12-year old Jewish boy who survived the Holocaust. It guides you through Daniel’s house, to the walls of a ghetto, and finally to the fences of a concentration camp. With the help of diary entries displayed on the walls, you are able to follow the child’s thought processes through the happy, playful times to the fear of being murdered in a camp.
- The architect that built the Museum visited a number of Holocaust sites, including camps and ghettos, to tie the building’s structures with the exhibits it contains.
- Two milk cans filled with soil and ash from different concentration and extermination camps are buried under the basement level of the Hall of Remembrance.
- When the museum opened, the Dalai Lama was the first official visitor.