The first place we visited was the Holocaust Museum. Before we left for the museum, Dr. Ben Voth spoke about how he has helped Holocaust survivors speak about their experiences. His talk was very moving and brought me deeper into the story of the museum. He told of an emotional interaction with a survivor that brought tears to his eyes.
When we got to the museum, we entered a packed elevator that symbolizes the Jewish people being packed into box cars. We learned about the history of the Nazi party and how the Holocaust started.
We stopped at a video of survivors telling their stories. One particular interview really caught me emotionally. A Jewish man was speaking about how he was in a train car and was nearly dead. “I’m not going to let them kill me now,” he kept saying over and over. A man came up behind him, and the Jewish man started hitting him with his shoe and said, “You’re not going to kill me now.” The man behind him said, “I’m not going to kill you, I am an American.” The man broke into tears, and at that same moment I was overwhelmed with emotion, tears and chills.
Even though pictures weren’t allowed, the films, pictures and text will be imprinted in my mind forever.