The second I stepped into the Imperial War Museum I knew I wanted to stay there all day, which of course I couldn’t do because our itinerary is packed full with so much awesome stuff. I don’t have time for it all.
Entering the Imperial War Museum, these massive war planes are hanging from the ceiling while tanks and military vehicles line the ground floor like a show room. The museum is packed with information galore. I was in awe of how organized everything was. On one floor there was two different passages you can take: World War One or World War Two. Both had so much cool stuff displayed and a lot of information about each object. I loved this exhibit.
It was the Holocaust exhibit that left me speechless. The stories of the families forced to leave their homes brought me to tears. Still after so much reading and coursework about the Holocaust, I still do not understand how there could be so much evil in the world.
The exhibit was excellent. It was organized really well, and I learned a lot of new information about Britain’s perspective of Germany. I liked learning about the Kindertransport, which brought thousands of German children into British families’ homes. Most of the children sent away never saw their biological parents again. It was heartbreaking to read stories about children forces to grow up so fast.
I snapped this photo of a young boys’ experience of arriving in Britain. I can’t imagine leaving everything I know, including my family, at the age of thirteen. This exhibit really captured the Holocaust from a British perspective. It showed me how much England was affected by the events and aftermath. The first-hand stories were the ones that affected me the most. I liked reading about a family’s journey to safety in England. It would’ve been harder for England to ignore the events of the Holocaust than it was for America. This exhibit did a good job of showing an English perspective, too.
I wish that I could go back to the Imperial War Museum this week before heading to Scotland, but I know I won’t have time. The Imperial war Museum was neat because I love seeing history first-hand. The objects in the display cases have a story to tell. The objects in the Holocaust museum are now imprinted in my mind forever.
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