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CURATOR'S CORNER: Please join Sara-Joelle Clark and Laura Vento at 11:00 a.m. in the Rubinstein Auditorium (Lower Level) for the presentation of: "International Tracing Service Research: Finding Survivors and Victims in the Museum Collections”
Survivors and relatives of victims of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution are desperate to find documentation about their loved ones. Some seek documentation to support restitution claims, while others seek to answer questions about their family history. Now is the time! With the opening of the International Tracing Service (ITS) digital database, the Museum has millions of accessible wartime and postwar documents about victims of the Holocaust. Learn how Museum researchers scour the ITS and other museum collections. Witness the importance of this work for Holocaust victims and their families.
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 hours can be found here. http://www.ushmm.org/information/plan-a-visit/museum-hours