“Last year we reached over 24 million people, and most of them are not walking through our doors. Hate lives today on the Internet, and we are reaching people all over the world on the Internet where our problems are globalized and so are our opportunities.”
Sara Bloomfield, Director of the Museum
There’s no way to explain, and it will not go away. One of the hardest things for me to this day, is to talk about this ride in this boxcar. The boxcar they loaded us onto, they had to push us in. And the door locked. There is no food and no water. Babies are crying. Mothers are crying. And the babies are dying from lack of food and lack of air. Your own grandfather dies in this compartment going to Auschwitz concentration camp with you.
Kucharek: The track went in that direction.
Question: You just delivered?
Kucharek: I just brought the cars and the Jews were unloaded. I took the cars and that’s it...end of story.
Every single day we are losing some aspect of the authentic voice of the Holocaust, whether it’s the loss of the survivors, the other eyewitnesses, or the deterioration of the material, every single day.
There’s been a tremendous, tremendous growth in Holocaust denial, while survivors are here to tell the story. What happens when they are gone? There has got to be tangible evidence that this happened.
If you think that in archives materials are always well kept, you’re wrong. Paper deteriorates, there is water damage.
We are in a race against time every single day.
We work at the state archive in Berlin. We inventoried and safeguarded the one and only documentation of a Nazi court from 1933 to 1945. Seven million pages. That is one of many projects we are working on in Germany but also in Europe. And our goal is to make materials available that have never been available for researchers. All the collections that we are bringing to Washington give us a new and much deeper knowledge of the Holocaust, and this is really our core mission.
Last year we reached over 24 million people, and most of them are not walking through our doors. Hate lives today on the Internet, and we are reaching people all over the world on the Internet where our problems are globalized and so are our opportunities.
He who hates one group hates all groups. He who hates one minority hates all minorities. Wherever and whenever a project even close to similar to that project that Hitler had for the Jews and some other people, we must immediately do whatever we can to stop it.
The world we live in today calls for being bold.
Madeleine K. Albright
I am very grateful to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Academy of Diplomacy and U.S. Institute of Peace, because I think it is a very interesting and important combination of talents.
Richard H. Solomon
One of the objectives of the Genocide Prevention Task Force is to get the prevention of mass violence, mass atrocities, and genocide on the president’s own agenda. The most hoped-for result of the Task Force is more preventive action.
We have extraordinary partnerships all over the world. Today’s technology has truly enabled us to reach the entire world instantaneously.
Our newest project is called World Is Witness. We try to profile both stories of courage and stories of reality and try to find that balance between helping people to understand what they can do but also reminding us all of what’s really happening.
We wonder today why did someone not stand up, why did our community not stand up? We were their neighbors. How could they turn their heads on us? How could they turn their hearts so hard that they didn’t see and they didn’t care?
I have taken ethics courses for 26 years now as a prosecutor and have never been touched or impacted in the way that the lessons of the Holocaust impacted me. The program begins with the Nazi rise to power and chronicles the role of law enforcement and prosecutors and now judges in allowing the Holocaust to happen. By the time I had finished the course I went from believing that the Holocaust had nothing to do with me and my role as Yavapai county attorney, to knowing that the Holocaust has everything to do with my role as county attorney, with my role as a prosecutor. And with me as a person. By the time I flew out of Washington D.C. the next day and made it back to Prescott, Arizona, I was already thinking that I want all the prosecutors in Arizona to have the advantage of this course.
One of the greatest lessons of the Museum is not to be a bystander. That when you see things going wrong it is your duty to speak out in some capacity to stop that type of injustice.
It’ll happen again and again and again unless the rest of us stop it.
We must push ourselves constantly to be bigger than we think we can be.
We have such a powerful opportunity at the Museum to make a difference. If we don’t do it, no one else will.