The Importance Of Holocaust Memorials

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Memorials are a structured way for societies to externalize the internal affect an event has on the society and the individual. Memorials are a physical representation of a memory, which can be interpreted a number of different ways. We read these memorials in a similar way that we read people’s lives and bodies. These memorials take an event or person and display them symbolically on a global scale. This symbolic representation allows for each individual to decide how they will interpret it creatively and independently. They expose the truth about the creator and the era, and location in which they were erected. Memorials allow us to construct the memories we have, surrounding the events and people they represent. The place a monument resides will affect the power a memorial has, because that power is influenced by who “owns” those people or events that the monument commemorates.
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It serves as, “A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity,” (“About the Museum”). The museum strives to inform and educate the world about the fragility of freedom and the dangers of hatred. Much of their focus is on preventing future genocides and examining how and why the Holocaust happened. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a more holistic approach to the matter than Yad Vashem. In the ideas of history and facts this is beneficial in forming a global memory, a way for us to define this event for the whole world. It incorporates how all parts of the world were affected and tried to intervene. It also focuses on our current duty to avoid any similar situations. The museum sits in our country’s capitol among many of our most important memorials. While the ideas presented here are important, what is lost is the personal touch found at Yad

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