An update from Caroline B., a sophomore CCPA major:

holocaust%5B1%5D.jpg As we waited outside the doors of the Holocaust Museum, I slurped down my iced tea and finished my bag of sun chips. I anticipated the emotion that would come out of this tour, but I was completely unaware of the immensity of the impact it would have on me.

(In photo: At the Holocaust Museum.)

Walking through the exhibit, my heart sank deeper and deeper. Pictures of emaciated, helpless people lined the cases. Films showed Nazi rallies exalting hatred. Auditory clips of victims expressing their experiences echoed through a room. All of these aspects of the museum encapsulated me.

Being in the museum I felt as if I was walking through history. I was walking with Gupta, the 26-year-old housewife; Frederich the young boy who cannot understand the source of the despair around him; and Dominic, the father wondering if his family has survived the enemy. I was instantly taken back in time and able to get a better grasp on what actually happened and the extremity of it.

As I walked out of the museum I had a new perspective on the Holocaust. I never really thought it had a direct impact on me, but it really does. It made me realize that appalling things happen every day, but they can be stopped if people take a stand and use their voice.

As we were leaving, Dr. Ben Voth, the CCPA chair, said, “We need a world of speakers.”

I contemplated that thought on the cab ride back to the hotel, and it made me ask myself: “Would this museum be here today if someone had spoken up?”