Last week some of the One Roomers took a five day trip to Washington DC. It was a lot of fun! We went to so many different places. We went to Memorials, Monuments, Museums and the Zoo. All the places we visited were so cool, but the one that was most emotional for me would have to be the Holocaust Museum. It tells you all about the Holocaust from how the kids were treated to how the adults were treated. The Holocaust started when Hitler came into power of Germany.
We started out in the children’s section that told you about this kid Daniel’s story. Daniel was a survivor of the Holocaust. His story started out by him telling you how his life was before the Holocaust. You would go through different places in the building that showed you what his house looked like, his town, and his diary. When people started not liking the Jews Daniel wasn’t aloud to do some of the things you use to do and some of his friends wouldn’t talk to him anymore juts because he as a Jew. Things started getting really bad for Daniel and all the other Jews. They were taken to this place called the Concentration Camp where they had to work on hours with very little to eat and what they did get to eat was just moldy bread. Daniel’s mother and sister Erica were taken away from them and later on Daniel had heard that Hitler and his men had killed them. All Daniel wanted to know was why me? Why am I being treated like this for doing nothing. Everyday Daniel was constantly writing in his diary abut what he would go through on that day and how he felt. There were some days when Daniel thought he wouldn’t make it or survive. But he did! Walking out of Daniel’s story is very moving, one of the things I learned was that we need to remember those children that had to go through all that.
Now the children’s section is super emotional, but that was just the beginning of the tour, the next stop was down to the adult section. If you couldn’t make it through the children’s section there is no way you were going to be able to handle the adult section. When you walk into the tour the lights are very dim and the first picture you see is of all the people that were burned and just thrown on the ground. You could about four to six hours in the tour, because there is so much to read and see. A lot of the times I didn’t want to look but I kept looking and all I could think was why would someone treat people like this, for doing absolutely nothing! I mean people were taking videos and pictures and its just like why wouldn’t they help these people…. Every corner you would turn there was another picture or video of something horrible happening. Hitler would starve these people and take their clothes away and cut off their hair. After they were already dead it wasn’t enough for him, he would burn them and throw them in ditches. One of the signs in the museum said “I don’t even think Lucifer could of created a worse hell.” The only thing that was left of all these people were their shoes and the only reason the shoes survived was because they weren’t made of human flesh. Throughout the whole tour I didn’t know what to think of all this. I felt sad, angry, and disgusted. I mean you must be a pretty messed up person to have no gilt after doing this to people.
After we finished the tour we all just sat around and it was silent. I really had no words. Even though it was a horrible thing what happen to those people, it was good to see it all and know what had happened, because we need to remember the Holocaust and share about it with people so now one forgets. So to Jerry and whoever else is reading this please remember the Holocaust.
Well till next time Jerry,
your friend Mia 🙂