Emotional Trip to the Holocaust Museum
The Holocaust, which was a product of Hitler's Nazi Germany, is an event that we need to study and learn from.
The Holocaust caused the death of over Six Million innocent people, the majority of whom were of Jewish descent.
The intentional annihilation of six million people has affected the world in ways that we will never know.
The Holocaust Museum in Washington DC is divided into three parts: "Nazi Assault," "Final Solution," and "Last Chapter." Each of these exhibitions traces the steps by which a group becomes the target of prejudice, discrimination, persecution and violence.
Genocide is the ultimate expression of hatred and violence against a group of people.
The general concepts of stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination are explored throughout the museum in a manner that enabled me to understand the behavior of the Germans and then to condemn such behavior.
The first step is discrimination and treating certain groups of people differently.
Jews were forced to wear yellow stars on their clothing in order to distinguish themselves from others.
The second step is isolation, which can be seen through the physical segregation of Jews in ghettos and separate schools.
The third step is persecution, followed by dehumanization and violence.
The concentration camps of Germany withheld unthinkable and inhumane acts towards Jews including deathly experiments.
Genocide is the last step in a continuum of actions taken by those who are prejudiced.
It is what cost millions their lives and their futures.
I feel that learning more about the Holocaust at this museum is essential and I greatly benefited from the trip.
It encourages evaluations of moral and ethical standards and our responsibilities as citizens.
Americans have been unable to suppress the guilt and horror of the Holocaust, and have slowly come to realize that these events that occurred fifty years ago and thousands of miles away demand recognition in our national consciousness.
In learning more about the history of the Holocaust I completely understood the effects of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping in any society.
This is the first step in combating these practices.
All of us have prejudices about members of groups different from ourselves.
We should, however, recognize that we are not acting fairly if we treat people differently because of these stereotypes and prejudices.
Each one of us deserves to be considered a unique human being.