Smithsonian Museum Research Paper

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The Smithsonian museums, some of the most boring times of my childhood. When we first got assigned this assignment to go to a Smithsonian museum I was like why? When I was small my mother used to take my sister and me every summer to the museums. After about three years of going we were so bored of the museums because we had seen all of them and everything they had to offer. However this time around it was a whole different experience and one of the most amazing adventures in my life. I decided to go to the holocaust museum and it is a memory I will never forget. I had no idea what I was about to see when I got to the holocaust museum. Before I went there I envisioned it to be focused more on the war and how the United States participated …show more content…
I couldn’t believe the exhibits I had seen and wanted to share them with my family. As I came back in the metro I thought of ways of how to explain to them in words what I had seen. One of the exhibits that caught my attention was the exhibit about this little Jewish boy named Daniel. The museum recreated his home before the Nazi solders had gotten to him and his family and right next to it they recreated the camp in which he lived after Nazi soldiers took him. The two rooms where complete polar opposites. As a future educator it was hard for me to understand how somebody could treat a child this harshly, how somebody could not have mercy for an innocent 6 year old. I also wondered where does a kid this young get the courage and strength to survive a situation that is beyond the capabilities of the wisest and strongest man on earth. I kept asking myself these questions at the exhibit and on the way back home. I wanted to answer my questions so I could have answers and explanations for my family but instead I could only bring them questions. Another exhibit that made me think and question the whole holocaust was the exhibit with the shoes. They had a small area with old, moldy brown shoes of holocaust victims and above it they had a quote that said, “We are the shoes, we are the last witnesses. We are shoes from grandchildren and grandfathers From Prague, Paris and Amsterdam, and because we are only made of fabric and leather …show more content…
But instead I say thank you. I learned so much more then I expected and it opened up my mind a lot. I don’t think I ever understood ho bad the holocaust situation was until I went to this museum. I know I will never be able to comprehend everything completely because I was never their but this experience helps me as a person and an educator to be more compassionate to all the people around me. I would definitely go back and take other people to go experience the holocaust museum with

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