Saturday, October 22, 2011

Washington DC, Day 3, Oct 22, 2011

We tried to get into DC earlier this morning, but the bus/metro gods were against us. The bus from the park was 15 minutes late and then with maintenance being done on the metro tracks, the ride in took about twice as long as usual.


Our arrival was timed well though, as we arrived at the Holocaust Museum just a short time after it opened. But we did miss seeing some sculptures because of the bus/metro situation.


This museum was difficult to go through, brought back so many of the sights we had seen at Auschwitz/Birkenau and several other concentration camps in Europe. They displayed physical items of the victims shoes, glasses, hair brushes, cooking utensils, and razors. The shoes, though, were different from the ones at Auschwitz, the shoes there were behind a huge glass window, but the ones here were in a room where you walked through that had only four feet high walls along the walkway. So with the top being open, so you could smell the aging well worn leather shoes worn by the victims of the concentration camps.

They had lots of photos, videos of several survivor stories, many stories of folks that helped Jews even if it meant their lives, and to some it did. Hitler and his regime were beasts!


Jim and Sandie said...

That museum was so hard for me to visit. The children's exhibit especially.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Hitler and his cronies were more than beasts and it is so hard to wrap your mind around what they did.

I can't believe how many people today have no idea of what happened during the Holocaust, or deny that it ever happened.

That is why it is so important to study history.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

I have not visited that museum, but have been to Dachau. It makes clear what level mankind can sink too.

As they say, if you do not understand history, you are doomed to repeat it.

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