8. US Holocaust Memorial Museum


On the southern edge of the National Mall is the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This three story building is dedicated to memory of the six million Jews who were killed by the German Nazis during World War II.

The Permanent Exhibit of the museum contains original relics from the Holocaust including: a boxcar used to transport Jews to the concentration camps, the bunk beds where Jewish prisoners lay, and shoes and personal items of the victims. In addition to film and photos, you can listen and watch audio and video testimony from concentration camp survivors.

One of the most moving parts of the museum is Daniel's Story, an exhibit designed for children. Visitors enter several rooms of a middle class German Jewish household that includes photos, a diary, and personal items of a little boy named Daniel. As you continue on in the exhibit you travel with Daniel through the harsh conditions of the Jewish ghetto, and ultimately to his destination in the Nazi concentration camp.

The museum also has a computer center with multimedia information about the Holocaust. The building houses classes for students and a center for educators to receive educational materials about the Holocaust.

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