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January 09, 2014
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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.
The Museum Cafe will be closed for renovations from January 2 to March 4, 2014.
View one of three Museum films on different aspects of the Holocaust history and its effects on our world today. Films will be shown in the Rubinstein Auditorium (Lower Level).
The Path to Nazi Genocide: 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.
This 38-minute film examines the Nazis’ rise and their consolidation of power in Germany. Using rare footage, the film explores their ideology, propaganda, and persecution of Jews and other victims. It also outlines the path by which the Nazis and their collaborators led a state to war and to the murder of millions of people. By providing a concise overview of the Holocaust and those involved, this resource is intended to provoke reflection and discussion about the role of ordinary people, institutions, and nations between 1918 and 1945.
Liberation 1945: 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.
This is a 15 minute film that has personal testimony about the moment of liberation from not only Holocaust survivors but the liberators themselves-American soldiers who fought in World War II.
A Good Man in Hell: 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.
This 12-minute Museum-produced film contains some graphic content, and focuses on Romeo Dallaire, the commander of the UN Mission to Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and his moral struggles when faced with putting himself and his men at risk in an attempt to save innocent lives.
The Path to Nazi Genocide: 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Liberation 1945: 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
A Good Man in Hell: 1:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
If You Have an Hour
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.
If You Have 90 Minutes or More
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.
Ideal for Families
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
What Was the Holocaust?
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 hours can be found here. http://www.ushmm.org/information/plan-a-visit/museum-hours