On our second to the last museum visit we finally made it to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Although we dealt with the idea of telling a difficult story throughout our Seminar, with the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exemplified the balance between telling the truth of what happened without blaming or pointing figures. What will stick with me the most after my time spent in D.C. is the big idea that the Holocaust Museum was trying to portray that, all humans have the potential to make these horrible choices and the people making the right or the wrong choices are not inherently good or bad people. There is a lot of grey areas where some bad decisions were made with the right intentions and vice versa, some people saving the Jews were doing it for purely selfish reasons like money. Like we have heard over and over again there are always more than one side of the story.
In addition to being able to tell a difficult story the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum also does an great job on the accessibility of parts of the exhibits. The Some Where Neighbors exhibit had audio that was playing over head with quotes from the Jews to help people with hearing disabilities there we the quotes being projected on to the screen for them to read. In addition there were short small captions near each of the objects for someone to read to understand the context of the photograph.