Holocaust Museum

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Museum Visit Paper

The museum that I visited was the Holocaust Museum in Maitland, FL. The Holocaust Museum in Maitland was the first Holocaust Museums in the United States. This was my first time visiting the museum. I was nervous in the beginning about visiting the Holocaust Museum for I did not know what to expect so I invited a friend to go with me. When I open the door of the museum there was a lady with a smile on her face to welcome us. She hands us a few pamphlets and explained the rooms that are available to view. I thought it was going to be in a bigger building, but the museum was fairly small. There was basically one room that contained several different themed stations (introduction, threatening Jews, wars, death camps, resistance, the final solution, liberation, etc.) on the Holocaust along with three different stations with video clips interviewing survivors from the Holocaust. There were some plaques located throughout the room with quotes from Elie Wiesel. The quote that stood out the most to me was “Whoever forgets become the executioners”. This was the first quote I saw coming into the room since it was the closest to the entrance. There were also some black and white photos and artifacts displayed, such as the dolls that the mother’s made for their children(s).

It was kind of hard to listen to the videos, while another video was playing in the same room. However, the videos interviewing the survivors had the most impact on me. Hearing the stories or the firsthand accounts of what took place, stirred up some deep emotions within myself. I found myself tearing up just listening to the videos. Hearing about the Holocaust is one thing, but actually hearing the Survivor Stories is what really got to me. I still don’t understand how people, everyday regular people, could just sit back and let something this evil even happen. It’s something that I know I will never be able to comprehend. By ignoring an evil act of this magnitude or...
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