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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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Owner description: A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Tickets are only needed from March 1 to August 31 to visit the Museum's Permanent Exhibition, which tells the history of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Exhibitions Include: Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition presents a narrative history of the Holocaust and features historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Personal objects and the concluding eyewitness testimonies highlight the stories of individuals. Recommended for ages 11 or older. The Portal: A Real-Time Conversation with People Forced to Flee Persecution The Shared Studios Portal allows you to have a face-to-face conversation with someone in another part of the world-as if you are standing in the same room. Through this installation, visitors will be able to converse in real time with displaced persons or refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Germany Remember the Children: Daniel's Story Representing the experiences of many Jewish children during the Nazi era, "Daniel" narrates through his diary the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. Recreated environments present life in a middle-class German home, in a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, and finally at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition is explicit without being graphic. Recommended for ages 8 or older. Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust addresses one of the central questions about the Holocaust: How was it possible? The central role of Hitler and other Nazi Party leaders is indisputable. Less well understood is these perpetrators' dependence on countless others for the execution of Nazi racial policies. Within Nazi Germany and across German-dominated Europe, circles of collaboration and complicity rippled throughout governments and societies wherever victims of persecution and mass murder lived.
Reviewed 5 July 2014

After many times of visiting DC we had not had the opportunity to visit this museum. This time we made a point to get to it. The history and stories between the walls of this building are overwhelming, but so educational. A great place to really get an understanding of the terror that was brought about to these people lives. Note: It gets a little chilly throughout the self guided tour. Also go online early to make a reservation so you do not have to stand in line outside.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We got lucky and walked up mid-morning and was able to get tickets for a hour later. It was very crowded and seeing the exhibit was difficult. Even with that, it was a powerful display of facts and artifacts.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

This is a place that older children (8+) and adults should absolutely visit. There is an exhibit called Daniel's Story that is a very good way to explain the Holocaust to children. There is a place where you and/or your child can write your thoughts after you have looked around. There is a temporary exhibition that is always open, this summer it was called "Some Were Neighbors" and I got to see that; it was very well done and thought provoking without being angry or accusing. The permanent exhibit (where you will need tickets to enter) is amazing but extremely graphic. I cried while viewing many of the pictures and read the information about them. There are videos that play in the middle of the permanent exhibit (you have to look behind/over walls) of actual victims that are hard to watch but it is important that they have them. I like that you get to hear the stories of survivors as well. There is a small theater near the end where survivors tell their story through a taped interview that plays. I highly recommend watching it, but bring tissues!

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

It is a tragic reminder how terrible people can be to one another. We must not forget that genocide continues today in other countries.

Thank Nancy L
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

This is a great experience for anyone and a must see. We learned so much about the Holocaust that you can't read in books.

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