A Visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

by Gray Cargill on June 24, 2015

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Note: Photography wasn’t allowed in the Holocaust Museum at the time of my visit. All the interior photos you see here are from the Museum website. Lucky for future visitors, this policy changed this year, and photography and video are now allowed. There are some restrictions though; see their photo policy at their website.

I expected this museum to make me cry, and I’m both sorry and not sorry to say it didn’t. “Not sorry” because I hate crying in public. “Sorry” because you definitely should feel like crying in a museum dedicated to the millions of Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. My lack of tears at this museum doesn’t mean I have a heart of stone, in case you were wondering. Later in the week, I got weepy at the Newseum’s 9/11 Exhibit.

I donated to the building of this Museum, back in the late 1980s-early 1990s. It was a small donation, because I was a poor, starving college student at the time, but I felt very strongly that this museum needed to be built. I believe in the saying “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” So I have felt invested in it ever since. This was my first opportunity since that time to visit. …Keep Reading!

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