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United States Holocaust Museum Memorial

The United States' official memorial to the Holocaust located in Washington DC.

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A Quick Tip by MNeulander

  • Aug 21, 2010
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I have been to the museum several times and each time my attention is drawn to something significant that I had not noticed previously. Emotionally, this museum is significant to me. I am Jewish, my grandmother lost both her parents, 9 brothers and sisters in Poland. On my father's side of the family we lost at least 14 cousins in Hungary and Romania.

However, I have found from others that even if one doesn't have a "connection" like mine one will still have to make a big "emotional' investment in this visit. If there isn't something there that doesn't make you shed a tear then you are emotionally dead!!! Take it from me, a big tough retired army officer and combat veteran!!! Whether it is the pile of shoes, hair, pictures of the inhabitants of an entire shtetl that had been exterminated from existence or the filmed testimony of survivors and camp liberators there is plenty of emotional places that one will be confronted with one of the greatest horrors of history!!

As an adjunct professor of history I think it is incumbent on every American to visit this museum at least once. As the great Harvard historian of the early 20th century, George Santayana intoned, "Those that do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it." The world said "never again" when the unspeakable horrors were exposed to the world community. Unfortunately, we have not learned from these genocidal horrors, because they have been perpetrated again in Cambodia, Rwanda, and the Sudan!!!
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Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust. Adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the USHMM provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. It is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy.

With an operating budget of just under $79.7 million ($47.3 million from Federal sources and $31.4 million from private donations) in 2008, the Museum has a staff of about 400 employees, 125 contractors, 650 volunteers, 91 Holocaust survivors, and 175,000 members. It has local offices in New York, Boston, Boca Raton, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

Since its dedication on April 22, 1993, the Museum has welcomed nearly 30 million visitors, including more than 8 million school children. It has also welcomed 88 heads of state and more than 3,500 foreign officials from over 132 countries. The Museum's visitors come from all over the world, and more than 90 percent of the Museum's visitors are not Jewish. Its website had 25 million visits in 2008 from an average of 100 different countries daily. 35% of these visits were from outside the United States, including more than 238,000 visits from Muslim-majority countries.

The USHMM’s collections contain more than 12,750 artifacts, 49 million pages of archival documents, 80,000 historical photographs, 200,000 registered survivors, 1,000 ...
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