Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
The tale of the Holocaust is one of epic proportions. It is a history not only of evil, although the evil is undeniable, but also of great courage, strength and righteousness.
At America's first free-standing Holocaust Memorial Center - we have prided ourselves on vividly portraying the Holocaust for more than 22 years, receiving international accolades and heartfelt thanks from our millions of visitors.
The visit to the Holocaust Center changed our lives” is the most prevalent reaction following a visit to the HMC. Witnessing the horrors perpetrated by the most educated society in Europe brings the rude awakening that education, including religious education, is no barrier against hatred and violence. The education that one absorbs in the HMC veers one towards constructive social consciousness. By highlighting and disseminating knowledge of the acts of the righteous and their constructive consequences, the HMC serves as a powerful antidote and countervailing force to the hatred and evil forces of destruction. The most effective way of combating hatred and evil is to strengthen, enhance, and enlarge the legion of the righteous.
The Holocaust Memorial Center's stated objectives are:To preserve the memory of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
- To preserve the history of the 5,000 Jewish communities wiped out by the Nazis.
- To record the apathy of the many who did nothing and to honor those who risked their lives to save Jews.
- To recall the cultural, social, and religious richness of Jewish life in Europe prior to the Holocaust.
- To record the terror of the Nazi Holocaust and the events that led to it.
- To help future generations understand and direct their lives to the maintenance of an open, free society.
- To nourish a social consciousness whereby the righteous acts of the few become the standard of the many.
The Holocaust Memorial Center's mission is expressed in its logo, which is composed of the four stylized Hebrew characters that spell the word Zachor, which means "Remember."
It is our hope that by providing opportunities for the ongoing study of the Holocaust and of those individuals who in the midst of evil stood for the best, rather than worst, of human nature, we are creating a legacy for present and future generations – a legacy that can be used as a guide for righteous human behavior. In a world increasingly faced with sectarian strife and intolerance, it is supremely important that we learn the lessons the Holocaust has to teach as we strive to maintain an open, free and ethical society.
This is the most incredible spectacular unbelievable piece of History ever cut out of the world every man worth a grain of salt should bring his child his son especially here to see when we don't pay attention and do what's right or just turn out head blindly what could happen to our neighbors are friends I loved one or stranger that still human this Holocaust Museum needed to be here and in every book and every classroom this effect should be impressed on our children to stop a repeat thank you Anthony Dixon U of D Mercy
I had a great experience. Great guided tour followed by meeting and hearing Paula, a holocaust surviver. Also was able to take a self guided tour at my leisure. Everyone should visit and learn. Never forget.
Amazing experience. Heard a survivor speak and I will never forget the experience. Plan to come back soon to see more and hear other survivors.
My husband and I went on a Monday night hoping it wouldn't be too busy. We wanted to walk around on our own, take our time, and enjoy ourselves. The building was amazing and bigger then we thought. As soon as we got through the door though and paid we were basically forced to go on a tour. We were told it wouldn't take long and we could leave the tour and wander on our own at any time if we liked. The tour guide talked for an hour and a half, also leaving the tour was NOT an option. We couldn't wander around, look at artifacts, and take everything in like we wanted. The tour guide also found it funny to call us out numerous times on how tired we seemed. It ruined the expierence and was rude. By the time it was over we just wanted to leave. We walked around a little bit after and the Anne Frank tree sapling was cool, worth going to see. Honestly I think we would have loved it if we had had time to look around and enjoy it.
Jennifer St. Onge
Very eye opening! We were able to do a guided tour that gave us even more insight!