Feb 13

Dallas Holocaust Museum: A Humbling Experience

Dallas Holocaust MuseumThe Dallas Holocaust Museum was something Karen and I just stumbled upon when visiting the 6th Floor Museum and seeing the area where President Kennedy was assassinated.  Thinking that we would probably not be in that part of Dallas for a long time we decided to check it out.  The museum itself is rather small, but packs a powerful lesson and one that should never be ignored.

The tour of the Dallas Holocaust Museum is self-guided using a device that sort of looks like an old fashion cordless telephone.  A visitor walks from one section of the museum to the next punching in a code for that section and hearing a recording that explains it.  The museum tour is very short because it concentrates, I would say, 95% of its material on 1942 which was the year most people were killed during the Holocaust.  Now if you listen to every recording it will prolong your stay, but the tour will probably be over for most people in about 45 minutes or less.Holocaust Museum -- Dallasvia

Everything in the museum was informative, but there were a few areas that really hit our souls on just how awful the Holocaust was.  The first was the cement pillars that show the amount (by height of the pillar) of people killed each year of Nazi occupation.  Seeing a boxcar that was similar to the ones that were used to take people to the death camps was truly a humbling experience.  Finally, seeing the collection of rings and glasses that were taken from people as they were checking into the prison camps, left a lump in my throat.

While we were there we got the chance to see a very touching special exhibit on family photographs of Anne Frank.  I remember reading her diary in school many years ago, and currently my students are going over it in their English class so it was very interesting for me to see the more than 70 photographs of her family.  Seeing her family portraits and then walking through the museum really showed just how the Holocaust destroyed millions of families.Dallas Holocaust Museumvia

The Dallas Holocaust Museum is an experience that people should see because it reminds us not to let injustice get even a foothold.  As the museum asks its patrons a simple question are you a bystander or an upstander?  In other words, do you let evil get away with things or do you fight it even if you are the only one doing the fighting.  I think this is a very important message that the youth of this nation needs to see because so many of us are so desensitize due to the amount of violence we see on a regular basis.

As for the museum itself I would recommend trying to get discount through Groupon or someplace like that because the tour can be over so fast.  I hope they are able to move into a much larger facility because I think they would do a really good job if they had the room to tell the whole story of the Holocaust.  They also do not allow any pictures to be taken, but that is understandable on such a poignant subject.  Is it worth the admission price?  In my opinion anything that gives you a better understanding about the wrongs committed in this world, and tries to get people to commit to never letting it happen again is worth any price.Dallas Holocaust Museum EntranceDallas Holocaust Museum
Located at 211 N Record Street, Suite 100
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, July 4th, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve and Day
Cost at the time of this Post: Adults $8 Seniors and Students 6 to 18 $6
For more information visit their website at http://www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org/

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