The Final Solution
The middle floor of the Permanent Exhibit examines the wartime evolution of Mazi policy towards the Jew, from persecution to mass murder. As Germany expanded its territory across Europe, Nazi officials segregated Europe’s Jews from the rest of the population through laws, special markings, and relocation to the ghettos. A major focus of this floor is the world of the concentration camp, which rapidly expanded in the 1940s. An audio theater on this floor presents the testimony of Holocaust survivors in Voices of Auschwitz. You can listen to the audios presented in this exhibit, as well as reading along. This is a great way to learn about the concentration camp, life, and perspective of it from a Jew. A suggestion is to take your time and really listen to the survivors. Also taking your time in general to just experience the exhibit is great too.
“The Nazi Assault” Exhibit is located on the very top floor, where you start off as part of the permanent exhibit. The exhibit explains the history of the Jews and why they are so disliked in the very beginning. There are 3-4 minute films you can watch about it. Then, the rest of the exhibit chronologically orders the events in Germany of the Nazi Party’s rise of power. This floor explores the propaganda, terror, violence, and state-sponsored racism of this totalitarian state allowed victimization to escalate. Along the way, small paragraphs and notes are available for you to read along the way, as well as pictures, videos and audios. This exhibit is very interesting and it gives a great background to the Holocaust. This exhibit along with the others are very long and time consuming, so I would recommend spending 1 – 3 hours and wearing comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking. Make sure to take your time and read everything carefully.
The exhibit tells the story of a boy named Daniel who lived through the holocaust. The 1st part of the exhibit is about Daniel’s life before the war. Then it takes you through Daniel’s experiences as the Germans hatred for the Jews grew. Throughout the exhibit, you can read all of the journal entries that are on display, which helps you to understand Daniel’s feelings and experiences even more. There were also interactive parts of the exhibit. There were a few videos that gave a brief explanation on the holocaust from a child’s point of view, and audios to listen to. This is a free exhibit and it’s child friendly. It puts the holocaust into a way that younger kids can understand. The 3rd part of the exhibit shows how Daniel’s life was drastically different when his family was forced to live in the Ghetto. You see how Daniel’s living environment is before the war, and then the stark and bleak environment he was forced into as a result of the Nazi’s actions. This exhibit also shows Daniel’s life in the concentration camp, but in a non graphic way. A warning is that the spaces are pretty tight, so you can’t push a stroller around. I would spend at least 30 minutes in here to really explore everything. I would recommend this for children ages 7 and up.
It’s pretty late, but happy new year everyone! It’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted. I think that I am going to keep this blog and try to actively post daily things on here. Cya later! -Milani
Hello everyone! We haven’t done this in awhile, but we’re starting it again! More to come! – Milani