Holocaust Museum Reflection

1266 WordsOct 5, 20176 Pages
The Holocaust, as countless facts and accounts have taught us, affected the lives of millions in the 20th century and beyond. Families and friends lost loved ones, minorities took massive hits, and ethnic backgrounds were changed forever. To commemorate the undeniable changes to these lives and teach future generations about the monstrosities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, people domestically and internationally have created museums and monuments. Notably, the intimate Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (IHGMS) on campus at the University of Massachusetts offers students and community members the story of one community of Germany that was almost completely vanished by the Nazis during World War II.…show more content…
It’s a small caveat of a large collection of testimonies. The subdued exhibit didn’t have much original art inside it, but rather displayed the art of Roth, including the writing inside of the synagogue: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” As the exhibit progresses and the Jewish families of Roth begin to taken to concentration camps, I began to develop one of my biggest and most interesting takeaways: all of the numbered segments of the exhibits are so close together., and that speaks to a larger truth. This may or may not have been intentional by the creators and designers of the museum, but to me the proximity of everything tells us that the gap between peace and genocide, normal life and tragedy, is not that wide. The section “Life Before The Nazi Regime” is a few mere steps away from “The Final Solution: Genocide.” Awful racism and horrible crimes against humanity can quickly if people do not react, much like they did in the 1930s and 40s, and the narration method truly reflects that. Section five, “Attempts To Flee,” hit me the hardest emotionally. We see the fates of these people that seemed so normal and pure. The Roth family’s letters about the birth of Toni’s daughter were bittersweet, because
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