Today was an awesome day! We started out all bundled up so we could walk to the Metro in 18 degrees with a 2 degree wind chill! We went to the Holocaust Museum and stayed for 3 hours. It would be best summed up with statements from the students:
“It was stunning to see how evil, cruel and heartless people could be.”
“I’m still wrestling in my heart with what I saw, seeing the faces of the pictures of the people brought more perspective to the Holocaust.”
“The kids in German schools were taught that they were superior and that is was ok to be evil to other races. We wonder how they could believe that and let it happen. And it made me wonder, what are we today as young people believing that others will look back on and say “how could they have believed that and let that happen?”
“It was upsetting how they used the weak, the elderly and the handicapped to conduct human experimentation and justifying it as imperfect people being a drain on resources.”
“We studied this in 8th grade for ½ a semester but seeing the actual pictures, videos and accounts of survivors gave a picture of just how evil that was”
“For the Jewish people, one day they’re working and the next day everything they own is taken away and they’re starving, worked to death and treated like animals. It’s amazing how fast people can become manipulated into doing terrible things to others. We need to be watchful of those things going on around us”.
“The horrific acts that where committed when people were put through the gas chambers was overwhelming and disgusting.”
“When people were tattooed with a number to degrade them and brand them like cattle, it didn’t have the end effect that the Nazi’s wanted because survivors were proud years later as it was a sign of victory and survival.”
“It was wonderful to see the white wall of people who risked and gave their lives to save and rescue others”.
“As Americans we like to think we helped them but we turned away the St. Louis boat of Jews escaping the Nazis.
“I used to not like history and thought it was a waste of time but I realized after going through the museum how important it is for us know what happened so we don’t do it again”.
Then we split into 2 groups to go the Air and Space Smithsonian or the American History Smithsonian. Some went on to the National Archives and got to see the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.
We came back to the hotel and shared about our day and ate pizza and chocolate. It’s been a great trip! Thank you for letting your kids participate and thank you for your prayers. I could feel them!
We’ll be coming home tomorrow! Parents, check your last info email for the flight times!
First they came for the Socialists and I did not speak out—because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Neimoller, Protestant Pastor, Public Foe of Adolf Hitler