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.
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
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.