Today at the Museum
July 02, 2015
Attend First Person: Conversations with Survivors every Wednesday and Thursday and listen as Holocaust survivors share their experiences during the Holocaust. Each hour-long program features a live interview and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Doors open at 10:45 a.m.; arrive early to ensure a seat for this popular event. Rubinstein Auditorium, Lower Level
Rubinstein Auditorium or Meyerhoff Theater, Lower Level
The following films will be shown on a continuous loop throughout the day. Please pick up a copy of the Today Sheet at the Information Desk (Hall of Witness) for exact times and location.
The Path to Nazi Genocide. This 38-minute film traces Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party’s ascent to power in Germany, which paved the way for the Holocaust and World War II.
Defying Genocide. This 19-minute film recounts the story of Damas Gisimba, who was overseeing a small orphanage in Rwanda when the 1994 genocide occurred.
A Good Man in Hell. In this 12-minute film, General Roméo Dallaire, head of the UN mission in Rwanda during the genocide, reflects on the challenges he and his soldiers faced.
Liberation, 1945. This 15-minute film features the stories of Holocaust survivors and the soldiers who freed them from Nazi camps at the end of World War II.
If You Have an Hour
Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust. Explore how countless ordinary individuals were essential to the execution of Nazi racial policies. Kimmel Rowan Gallery, Lower Level
Cambodia 1975–1979. Learn about one of the worst human catastrophes since the Holocaust: the deaths of nearly two million Cambodians at the hands of their Khmer Rouge government as it sought to radically restructure the nation. Meyerhoff Auditorium Entry, Lower Level
From Memory to Action: Meeting the Challenge of Genocide. Examine the genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Sudan and what you can do to help prevent future atrocities. Wexner Center, Second Floor
Genocide: The Threat Continues. View the efforts of the Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide to bring attention to the people and places at risk today for genocide and other mass atrocities. The exhibit currently focuses on the deadly conflict in Syria, which has created one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. 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. Wexner Center, Second Floor
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, and smoking are not permitted. Visitors may make and share personal photos or audiovisual recordings unless otherwise posted; tripods and lighting equipment (including camera flashes) are not allowed. Private use of Museum classrooms, theaters, and meeting spaces by outside groups or organizations is prohibited.