Importance Of Visit To The Holocaust Museum

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When I was in between my junior and senior year of high school, I was given the chance to travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National History Day competition. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and ignited a passion for traveling the world. When in D.C. we all went to thousands of museums. The first day that we were there, we went to the Holocaust Museum. It was such a somber experience, I don’t think I heard a word uttered out of anyone’s mouth until we reached the end of our journey. The grief is tangible in the air and feels as if it will suffocate you if you breathe deep enough. As we exited the museum, our steps were heavy as we made our way back to the dorms we were staying in. The next day, we trekked through all the memorials at the National Mall, never managing to find the Korean War memorial. Seeing that memorial was especially important to me because I am a Korean-American. Nevertheless, we ran out of time and had to hop to the next museum for our timed passes. Then we arrived at the American History Museum. When we entered, it was so crowded that it was hard to think. We attempted to trudge our way over to an empty corner, where an African American History exhibit should have been. We later learned that it was a traveling exhibit and was unfortunately off in a different museum at the time. As we wandered around trying to see through the masses, I saw it. A traveling exhibit about Executive Order 9066. It wasn’t
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