Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition presents a narrative history of the Holocaust and features historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Personal objects and the concluding eyewitness testimonies highlight the stories of individuals. Recommended for ages 11 and above.
Most visitors spend an average of one to three hours in this self-guided exhibition.
This special exhibition explores how countless ordinary people, from all walks of life and influenced by a spectrum of motives and pressures, acted in ways that directly or indirectly aided the persecution and murder of Jews and other groups within Nazi Germany and across Europe.
Representing the experiences of many Jewish children during the Nazi era, “Daniel” narrates through his diary the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. Recreated environments present life in a middle-class German home, in a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, and finally at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition is explicit without being graphic. Recommended for ages 8 and above.
A Dangerous Lie explores the continuing impact of the most widely distributed antisemitic publication of modern times, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Despite countless exposures of the Protocols as a hoax, its fraudulent allegations of a Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world have retained incredible power for both individuals and groups who seek to spread hatred of Jews. Accompanying the exhibition is a 13-minute film that chronicles antisemitism in Europe before the Holocaust.
This presentation explores three genocides that have occurred since the Holocaust: in Rwanda (1994), in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1995), and in the Darfur region of Sudan (2003 to its peak in 2005). Visitors are encouraged to leave a pledge of personal action against genocide and join the Museum’s e-community engaged in its efforts to prevent genocide.
At the conclusion of World War II, 24 major Nazi figures were brought before an International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, to face charges of crimes against peace, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and conspiracy to commit these crimes. Film footage and artifacts from the Nuremberg trial and interactive stations with photos and oral histories give visitors the opportunity to trace the legacy of the Nuremberg tribunal.
For more than 50 years, the nation of Sudan has been wracked by civil war and ethnic violence. This room presents two video programs: an animated slide-show of maps that provides an overview of the conflicts in Sudan, and a 7-minute film about the Museum’s bearing witness trips to the region at the height of the Darfur crisis and on the eve of South Sudan’s vote for independence.