Self-Guided Tour

Welcome to our museum! At the Holocaust Memorial Center, we strive to engage, educate, and empower our visitors to remember the Holocaust and apply the lessons learned to our world today. This resource was developed by our docents to enhance your exploration of our permanent exhibit. It provides information on several artifacts and installations, and some questions to spark your curiosity.

Consider taking a close look at some of the items you see on display. When looking at photographs and installations, ask:

  • What do I see? What’s going on here?
  • What do I see that makes me say that?
  • How does it make me feel?
  • What more can I find?

When looking at artifacts, ask:

  • What is this object?
  • What might it have been used for?
  • What does it teach me about this history?

Memorial Flame

This eternal flame burns in memory of the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. The number 6,000,000 staggers the mind. We translate that total number into individual stories and remember each as the person they were. On the black marble wall, you will notice names of some of the ghettos, camps, and sites of atrocity where many local survivors lost their relatives. In addition, you will notice the approximate number of Jewish people from various countries that were murdered. If you look directly into the wall, you will notice your reflection.

  • What do you think of when you see your reflection?
  • How does a perpetually burning flame honor the names of those lost to the Holocaust?
  • Is there a country that stands out to you? Why does it stand out?

Boxcar & The Henrietta and Alvin Weisberg Gallery

This boxcar was used during the Nazi period for two purposes: to transport German Army personnel and equipment, and to transport Jews and other prisoners to ghettos and camps. Inside boxcars like this one, as many as 100 individuals were locked inside without food, water, or proper sanitation. Many did not survive the journey, which could last several days to more than a week. At this installation, you can hear Henrietta Weisberg’s memory of her family’s horrific journey on a deportation. The scenery behind the boxcar is a replica of a train station in Hamburg, Germany. Between May 1940 and February 1945, approximately 5,848 Jews and 1,264 Roma and Sinti peoples were sent on 20 deportations from this station.​

  • How would you describe the boxcar? Are there any characteristics that stand out to you? Why?

Timeline

The timeline visually depicts the 4,000-year history of the Jewish people. Spanning from right to left across this circular room, important dates in Jewish history are noted in the upper portion of the timeline. Below, are important events in world history, providing the former with greater context.

 

  • What is the purpose of a timeline? How does a timeline provide information in a different way than other sources?