The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the country’s official memorial to the millions of victims of the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the systematic oppression and murder of Jews, Gypsies, the handicapped, Poles, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet POWs, political prisoners, and other “inferiors” by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. The museum strives to spread knowledge about this horrific tragedy, keep alive the memory of its victims, and ask of the public what can be done to prevent genocide. With powerful exhibits exploring both the victims and the persecutors of the Holocaust, this museum has brought more than 30 million visitors since it opened in 1993.
- Trace the course of history through original artifacts, photographs, films, and eyewitness testimony
- Learn how the Nazis used propaganda to overthrow democracy, oppress minorities, and start a World War
- Follow Daniel’s story, a record of the Holocaust as seen from a child’s point of view
- Find names in the Meed Survivors Registry, a touch-screen database of over 200,000 people from 49 states and 59 countries
- Explore the ongoing fight against genocide, including the recent conflicts in Darfur, Sudan
For more information, visit the official website at http://www.ushmm.org/