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Our Walls Bear Witness: the Plight of Burma’s Rohingya
Join us in bearing witness to the suffering of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Burma long considered among the world’s most persecuted peoples, by viewing a week-long nightly outdoor exhibit of images of the Rohingya displaced in Burma and in exile, taken by prize-winning photographer Greg Constantine. These massive images will be projected each evening from November 4 to 8 on the Museum’s exterior walls on 15th Street, SW. from 6:00pm till 10:00pm.
Denied citizenship and rendered stateless by the Burmese government, the 800,000 Rohingya lack basic rights, including the right to work, marry, and travel freely, and they routinely suffer severe abuse. Following violent attacks in 2012 that destroyed numerous Rohingya communities, more than 100,000 are now confined to displacement camps and segregated areas, where they continue to be subjected to violence, including crimes against humanity.
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For approximately five months beginning in September, staff will be de-installing the current victim barracks and installing the new one on the third floor of the Permanent Exhibition. During your visit, the Museum will be removing and then adding a barracks from Birkenau to our collection and displaying it in the Permanent Exhibition.
The areas affected are “Slave Labor,” “Killing Centers,” the Auschwitz crematorium, the photomural of Birkenau in winter, and “In the Camps.” A temporary photo-and-text display about these central themes of the Holocaust will be shown on the blocking wall for as long as the wall is in place. An information sheet located at the Information Desk will also be available (First Floor). Please excuse any disruption to your visit as a result.
Watch Museum films exploring Holocaust history and its effects on our world today.
Meyerhoff Theater, Lower Level
The Nazi Rise to Power. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party’s ascendancy in Germany paved the way for the Holocaust and World War II. Shown at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. Running time: 13 minutes.
Liberation, 1945. This film features the stories of Holocaust survivors and the liberators who freed them from Nazi camps at the end of World War II. Shown at 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Running time:
Defying Genocide. Damas Gisimba was serving as director of a small orphanage in Rwanda when it was besieged by militias during the 1994 genocide. Shown at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Running time:
A Good Man in Hell. Focused on the Rwanda genocide, this film explores one of the central questions of our time: What is our moral responsibility when an entire group of people is threatened with annihilation? Shown at 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Running time: 12 minutes.
Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust. Examine how countless ordinary individuals were essential to the execution of Nazi racial policies. Kimmel Rowan Gallery, Lower Level
From Memory to Action: Meeting the Challenge of Genocide. Learn about the genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Sudan and what you can do to help prevent future atrocities. Wexner Center, Second Floor
The Nuremberg Trials: What Is Justice? Trace the actions of the international community following World War II to prosecute those individuals and institutions responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Wexner Center, Second Floor
A Dangerous Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Explore the continuing impact of the most widely distributed antisemitic publication of modern times. Gonda Education Center, Lower Level
Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center
Learn about the individual experiences of survivors and victims and conduct your own research.
The Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust. Explore the history of the Holocaust through historical artifacts, video footage, and eyewitness testimony. Passes are required March through August.
Assistive listening in the Permanent Exhibition is compatible with T-coil–equipped hearing aids. Receivers with headsets for those who require assistive listening are also available at the Coat Check.
Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story. See the history of the Holocaust through the eyes of a young Jewish boy in Nazi Germany in this interactive exhibition for ages eight and up. First Floor
Children’s Tile Wall. View more than 3,000 tiles painted by American schoolchildren in memory of the Holocaust. Gonda Education Center, Lower Level
Hall of Remembrance. Light a candle in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Second Floor
The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.
During the Holocaust, German authorities targeted other groups because of their perceived “racial inferiority”: Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). They also persecuted other groups—Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals—on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds.
All those entering the Museum buildings must pass through metal detectors and have their belongings scanned. Eating, drinking, smoking, and video and audio recording are not permitted. Photography is not permitted in the exhibitions, and flash photography is not permitted in the Hall of Remembrance. Private use of Museum classrooms, theaters, and meeting spaces by outside groups or organizations is prohibited. Please keep belongings with you at all times. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Museum Cafe closes at 4:30 p.m. The entrance to the Permanent Exhibition closes at 4:30 p.m. All other exhibitions and the Museum Shop close at 5:20 p.m.