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Illinois Holocaust Museum

Museum & Education Center in Skokie Illinois

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You Have To Experience This To Really Appreciate What They Went Through.

  • Nov 24, 2009
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Who ever said that this never happened apparently has never been to the Illinois Holocaust Museum. There has been a lot talk about the museum in Maryland, but not too much is said about this one in Skokie, Ill. This museum is located at 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, Illinois, 60077. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday 10 am. - 5 pm., Thursday only they will be open from 5 pm. Until 8 pm., Saturday and Sunday 11 am. – 4 pm. The Holocaust has another museum in Maryland Washington DC. If you do plan on going to any holocaust museum, remember that there are a lot of horrific pictures and scenes that will probably disturbing to the younger generations, less than 12 years of age is what I mean. So before you go, if you have a younger child make sure they are mature enough too see stuff such as this. This tour will probably take you over two hours to complete if you can make it to the end. The general admission is eight dollars, seniors over the age of 65 it will cost only six dollars, students ages ranging from 12 years old through 22 years old it will cost you six dollars, and any children between the ages of 5 years old and 11 years old will only cost five dollars.

Just because you do not wear a special number (six digit number) on your left arm does not mean that the holocaust did not have any affect on you. I have family members that do not have this number, but they had other family members a lot older than them that did, and to this day they have to put up with the negative remarks about being Jewish. Along with everything that you will see and do this museum will show the survivors reflections about their experiences, and a Holocaust Timeline, they will also explain a lot of Holocaust misleading information and myths, there also is a monthly timeline (tells what happened at that month in time years ago) that will change as each month changes throughout history.

The outside of this museum is very beautiful but that is nothing compared to the horrors that lie between the four walls and several levels of Hitler’s reign of terror. His terror as far as I can tell started in 1943, when he tried to take over Europe, anyone that even looked Jewish was snatched up never to be seen again. This museum has many different exhibitions throughout this facility and some of these are more permanent ones over the others. One of them is the “Zev and Shifra Karkomi Exhibition”, this one has a real live German rail car which was used to take the Jewish and deport them to all of the different camps. With more that five hundred different pictures and articles and artifacts and stories from actual survivors will simply tear at your heart and how could say that this never happened.

They have a “Room of Remembrance and Hall of Reflection”, which will have the names of over six million Jewish people murdered by Hitler are inscribed on the walls in this exhibit. The other exhibits are “The Miller Family Youth Exhibit”, this one in my opinion is more modern and the younger crowd will enjoy this one. This has a virtual reality showing for the young crowd to participate in. McDonalds even tries to help with an interactive friendship park that they can be more involved in instead of just being a walking statue throughout this tour.

This museum will show the despicable and deplorable conditions the last days of some of the Jewish people’s lives. Then they show all of the dead and mutilated bodies, and they also show how they were starved to death in the camps. They have a total of six exhibitions throughout this tour. If you were not moved by all of these artifacts and pictures then you are not human. They also tell of how the German doctors did live tests on naked subjects to try and sterilize women. They also showed how the gas chambers worked and how each different ethnicity had to wear a different colored badge or arm band to tell what they were.    

They also show all of the different countries that were affected by Hitler’s reign of terror, and it also shows that this affected 42 different countries and approximately how many people were murdered. Even though this is very disturbing and unsettling the story has to be told so that this never happens again. When Saddam Hussein was in charge of Iraq and murdered all of the people that he did he was in a close race to being just like Hitler. Hitler still tops the list because of all of the different countries that he attached and the murders that took place.

This Museum also shows how close to home this really was, and how to this day we are still affected by Hitler and his after affects of his evil doings. What a deranged mind that this person that we called a human, had. Even though I am not Jewish I still have a family member that is, but this does not stop me from teaching my daughter that there are other faiths and ways of living in this world. It was very hard for us to look at some of the scenes and things that we saw inside of these four walls, but since we have adopted our daughter we wanted to show her that even though there are a lot of evil in the world today that there is still a lot of good people.

My wife and I are hoping that these sights are not to disturbing for you to go and see. This is a history lesson that they do not talk too much about in school. They do some talk about it, but it really does not hit home until you go to a museum like this and experience the mood that they have laid out.

Five stars for this destination, and thanks for the people who took the time to build this museum and fill it with the truth, if it were not for the people who sacrificed their lives, this place would not exist. This place it way to large that I can not nearly tell you the real feeling that we had when we walked through this place, you have to actually experience this place to really value it.

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