Holocaust Museum Houston
This great museum located in Texas is exactly the fourth largest in the United States. It was created with the purpose of honoring the victims of the holocaust, so that they are not forgotten, and so that this tragic event is always remembered by future generations.
This museum is a place that invites awareness of the deplorable events of the fascist regime. This museum preserves accurate data, the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
The origin of Museum Houston
It was created in 1996, by Ralhp Appelbaum and Mark Mycasey, in order to have an educational center, which shows the reality of the Second World War. In addition, it also tells how the liberation of this war was.
The Houston Holocaust Museum has several rooms for reflection on these different themes, which unite a single reality and historical moment. It provides a fairly broad perspective on what Holocaust victims and survivors had to go through.
Jewish history and the roots of anti-Semitism are fundamental themes that this museum makes visible and tells the story so that there is a complete understanding of these years of war.
It is known for being a gloomy museum. In addition, it is a very particular and special museum for the wide and dark cylindrical brick chimneys, which exemplify and remind of the true Nazi death camps.
This is a museum that shows with physical structures, the lifestyle that was lived in the death camps during the Nazi era.
The harm of hate in society
This museum, also known by its initials (HMH), is intended to be a reminder of the damage and pain caused by social prejudice. An idea of hatred that was widespread and accepted by many people, and that allowed six million murdered Jews and other innocent victims of the Holocaust.
This is a space aware of the horror experienced by the different victims, and also the survivors of this tragedy.
This museum has a clear message that hatred, racism, and social prejudice have devastating consequences. It is a message for all of us to reject in general any social apathy that may revive, in small or large measures, the murder of innocent people.
Structure of the HMH museum
This museum has 3 floors that are divided into sections of exhibition of particular themes.
First floor of the museum
It’s called Bearning Witness: A Community Remembers. This is the main gallery of the museum, where it shows the testimonies of the Holocaust survivors, who remained living in or near Houston after the liberation.
In this place of the museum, there is an exhibition of objects that these same people donated. There are also objects from her descendants or collectors.
This part also shows what the efforts of the Jewish and non-Jewish resistance were. In addition to educating on this subject, the gallery maintains a train car from the WWII era, and also a Danish rescue boat from 1940.
There is also the space (Himan Rights Gallery), which preserves all the genocides recognized by the UN.
And to end this journey on the 1st floor, they have the And Still I Writer: Yong Diarists on War and Genocide exhibit. It is about the harsh reality of the young people who wrote in their diaries the experience they were living during the war, and about the genocides.
Second floor of the museum
Contains a room from The Boniuk Center for the Future of Holocaust. This Boniuk Center deals with human rights and the study of genocides.
Its mission is to find the best way to educate the world about the history of the holocaust, involving in this perspective the issue of human rights.
This floor also has an area called “Samuel Bak Gallery”. It is a circular gallery containing the surviving works of the holocaust, specifically by the painter Samuel Bak. There are more than 130 works that are on display.
The “Moral Choices Hall” is known as the heart of this museum. It is a room for education on the freedom that people have to successfully impact the lives of others.
Then there is “The Jerold B. Katz Family Butterfly Loft” It is a sculpture of 1,500 butterflies. This sculpture connects with the different floors of the HMH, and each butterfly means 1,000 children who died in the holocaust. The total would be 1.5 million children, to whom this sculpture honors.
On this floor, there is also “The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater”, a place dedicated to presentations, both by artists and by exhibiting movies or musical performances.
Third floor of the museum
Called “The Boniunj Library”. This is an exhibit that preserves one of the largest sources of data in the United States, on the communities that were destroyed at the time of the Holocaust.
It contains a large number of volumes that contain resources for the investigation of oral testimonies, in order to investigate and make a genealogical search for victims. There are more than 285 testimonies, available to the public.
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