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Holocaust museum changes rules to draw younger visitors

Postby phdnm » 5 years 5 months ago (Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:41 am)

The changes, staff members say, are an effort to reach young people


What more!

Public school curricula have already woven the Holocaust into students' learning. There are numerous Holocaust historical fiction novels that schools make required reading, class trips to Washington, DC to visit to the Holocaust Museum ...

Holocaust museum changes rules to draw younger visitors

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A visitor recently took and posted a photograph of this collection of Holocaust victims' shoes, though he acknowledged being aware that the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum prohibited taking pictures of its exhibitions.


October 13, 2014

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, as staff members and visitors are wont to repeat, is unlike other museums. The Washington, D.C., memorial to Holocaust victims, with its sobering galleries and artifacts, inspires the sort of quiet contemplation associated more with houses of worship than museums.

Even the architecture — particularly the atrium's steel-ribbed ceiling — suggests visitors have passed through a portal to a different world.

But a year after celebrating its 20th anniversary, as survivors age and an era without eyewitnesses looms, the museum has been forced to evolve. Last month, it rolled out a mobile app designed to complement a museum visit, effectively reversing a ban on smartphone use in its permanent collection.

Museum officials say they will announce a reversal of the ban on photography in the permanent exhibition later this fall. The ban has been in place since the museum opened in 1993. The changes, staff members say, are an effort to reach young people.

The museum will face challenges balancing young visitors' digital appetites with preservation of the galleries' distinct, meditative aura, in part forged by the very policies that are being reversed, the officials say. "One of our challenges in general is engaging young people," said Michael Abramowitz, director of the museum's National Institute for Holocaust Education.

The museum can't buck the reality that young people are increasingly experiencing the world on their mobile devices, Abramowitz added. "I think what will be important is to try to maintain the kind of decorum and respect in these places," he said. When the museum does allow photographs, it will align itself with institutions like the Smithsonian, the Newseum and the Phillips Collection, which permit photography broadly — typically without flash or tripods, and sometimes excluding works or exhibitions on loan, for which the lender sets the policy.

Photography is also permitted at Holocaust museums in Atlanta, the Detroit area and Los Angeles; the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo.; the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio; and the National September 11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan. But other Holocaust museums, including those in Houston, Florida and Illinois, do not permit photography. A 10-minute walk from the 9/11 memorial, the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust has prohibited photography in its galleries for at least the 8 1/2 years that Betsy Aldredge, director of media relations, has worked there.

But that might change soon. "It's definitely something that we are interested in exploring if we can find a way that makes sense given the sensitivities of our collection and that protects artifacts," she said. And some people take photographs despite museum policy, something that both Aldredge and Abramowitz have observed.

One such visitor to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Juan David Romero, an intern at the New Republic, said he was profoundly affected by the otherworldly smell of a collection of 4,000 victims' shoes. "It's the smell of all the things they went through, all the people that wore those shoes, the places they walked or didn't walk, the steps they took or didn't take," he said. A photo of the shoes, which Romero uploaded on Instagram, drew "likes" from several followers, one of whom echoed his caption, "Pretty sad." But taking and uploading that photo violated the museum's policy, which is posted on its website and on signs at each entrance.

Staff members remind visitors about the rule when they enter the elevator. Romero knew when he took the picture that photography was not permitted in some areas. "I think the policy should be rethought," he said. "I feel it's a part of history, and people who are not able to come to the exhibit should be able to have access to it." Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which recently launched its own app, agrees. "We are all in this kind of a battle for attention," he said. "We are all trying to make sure what we are doing has the highest impact and the most reach, but we have to do it with a certain amount of care and understanding."

Museums play multiple roles in people's lives, and they can provide "a place for serenity, for spirituality, for calm in an otherwise crazy city" and an educational experience that viewers can supplement with mobile technology, Sreenivasan said. As mobile phones have become ubiquitous, museums need to adjust to what their visitors are telling them, Sreenivasan said. "The instinct that people have is that they want to share," he said. "But we can still hold the line so that you aren't having dance parties inside the library."


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Re: Holocaust museum changes rules to draw younger visitors

Postby Mulegino1 » 5 years 5 months ago (Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:10 pm)

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One such visitor to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Juan David Romero, an intern at the New Republic, said he was profoundly affected by the otherworldly smell of a collection of 4,000 victims' shoes. "It's the smell of all the things they went through, all the people that wore those shoes, the places they walked or didn't walk, the steps they took or didn't take," he said. A photo of the shoes, which Romero uploaded on Instagram, drew "likes" from several followers, one of whom echoed his caption, "Pretty sad." But taking and uploading that photo violated the museum's policy, which is posted on its website and on signs at each entrance.


Good grief! An intern for a major (neocon Zionist) publication is "profoundly affected by the otherworldly smell of a collection of 4,000 victims' shoes"?

"...otherworldly smell...?" :shock: In this case, it's most unpalatable to speculate on what that means.

How fast can you say, "brainwashed dummy"? This hardly bodes well for the future of American journalism.

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Re: Holocaust museum changes rules to draw younger visitors

Postby hermod » 5 years 5 months ago (Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:11 pm)

phdnm wrote:Museum officials say they will announce a reversal of the ban on photography in the permanent exhibition later this fall. The ban has been in place since the museum opened in 1993. The changes, staff members say, are an effort to reach young people.

The museum will face challenges balancing young visitors' digital appetites with preservation of the galleries' distinct, meditative aura, in part forged by the very policies that are being reversed, the officials say. "One of our challenges in general is engaging young people," said Michael Abramowitz, director of the museum's National Institute for Holocaust Education.


Until that day, young people can satisfy their digital appetites with the picture of those young Holocaust perpetrators proudly displaying undeniable evidence of their crimes.

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Re: Holocaust museum changes rules to draw younger visitors

Postby Dresden » 5 years 5 months ago (Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:38 pm)

hermod said:

"Until that day, young people can satisfy their digital appetites with the picture of those young Holocaust perpetrators proudly displaying undeniable evidence of their crimes"Image
http://www.stfrancishs.org/press-releas ... ld-running

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What a horrifying picture, hermod!.....now I'm gonna have nightmares.....thanks a lot!
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Re: Holocaust museum changes rules to draw younger visitors

Postby hermod » 5 years 5 months ago (Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:09 am)

Steve F wrote:What a horrifying picture, hermod!.....now I'm gonna have nightmares.....thanks a lot!


Sorry for that. Even if it's hard to face horrifying pics as the one posted above, my only concern is to avoid the repetition of such crimes (i.e. the criminal indoctrination of billions of peole by the exhibition of inocuous evidence). Never again... :roll:
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Re: Holocaust museum changes rules to draw younger visitors

Postby Hannover » 5 years 5 months ago (Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:03 am)

Museum officials say they will announce a reversal of the ban on photography in the permanent exhibition later this fall. The ban has been in place since the museum opened in 1993. The changes, staff members say, are an effort to reach young people.
Great! Should be a nice harvest. We'll be able to see all the faked and falsely captioned pictures they use as they appear on Facebook, etc.
Here's a great example:

'U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum displays standard German air-raid shelter door, describing it as the door to a gas chamber at Majdanek'
http://www.vho.org/GB/c/DT/gcturen.html

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At left: The door at the concentration camp Majdanek from which the USHMM made the replica which is now on display in Washington D.C.. At right, the real function of the door and thousands more like it is shown in a widely distributed German ad for bomb-shelter doors and window covers, intended for military and civilian use. Approximately 670,000 German civilians were killed in the massive Allied terror-bombing campaign directed at population centers throughout Germany.
A standard air-raid shelter door is displayed at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum along with the claim that it is a casting of the door to a homicidal gassing chamber at the Majdanek concentration camp. The peephole was supposed to be for monitoring the progress of killing with cyanide gas released from a common fumigation product called Zyklon B. Those looking through it were sometimes said to do so to monitor and improve the efficiency of the killing system, but a more common charge is that it was done for sadistic personal pleasure.

Many are convinced that German hatred for Jews was so great that they derived great amusement and satisfaction from watching their death throes, as well as engaging in bizarre forms of harassment and torture, some of them quite fantastic, bordering on the supernatural. There's been a steady tendency for the claims to increase their variety and horrific detail with the passage of time, perhaps showing the dubious phenomenon of recovered memory enjoying its most productive period ever.

The realities of the myths that sprang from a thirst for vengeance and are sustained by it still, with the added factor of a memorial industry and reparations in the billions of dollars that depend on it totally, are often very different.

The door and window shutter (Türen und Blenden) on the right appear in an advertisement for equipment to outfit the thousands of air-raid shelters built across Germany and occupied territories, including the concentration camps. (See: Technique and Operation of German Anti-Gas Shelters in World War II, by Samuel Crowell) As noted in the Crowell article, and several more to come, it has recently been discovered that German air-raid shelters were required to also provide protection against gas attack. With WWII coming only 20 years after WWI, memory of the horrors of gas warfare then were relatively fresh, and the Germans took more defensive measures than most since the conflict was sure to be played out again on European soil.

The peepholes in the doors were for safety purposes. People inside wanted to be able to see conditions outside before exposing themselves to possible danger, and rescuers from outside had the same concern, plus wanting to make a quick evaluation without opening the door in order to save precious time (seeing if everyone was dead, or if no one was inside).

Steadily, piece by piece, the sources of the myth are being exposed at an accelerating pace. Camps inside the borders of Germany were available for inspection by many people after the war, and the adamant accusations of killing centers there made in 1945-46 were officially admitted to be false in 1960. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, show trials were held to reinforce the story in the public mind, particularly and most successfully in Germany, and another group of German veterans were convicted based on flimsy, contradictory and often quite unbelievable oral testimonies, as at the earlier kangaroo trials. There, accusations that someone struck a prisoner were sufficient to result in a death sentence for participating in a conspiracy to commit crimes against humanity. It was not necessary to prove that the person killed anyone, only that he or she played an active part in a sprawling system that did so. Despite the fact that the false allegations about mass gassing chambers in Dachau and other German camps came from some of the same sources that made similar charges about Auschwitz, Treblinka and Majdanek, there was no call to question the now suspect testimony. It was accepted as fully true with no hesitation.

But with the fall of the Soviet Union and the opening of many of its archives, fresh eyes and attitudes are actively seeking the truth of the matter and in the process finding truth to be a scarce commodity when atrocity charges are involved. The now Religion of the Holocaust has defenders as fiercely immune to logic and a concern for truth as any fundamentalist religion that has ever existed. Nevertheless, at some point the burden of supporting the unsupportable will become too hard and too dangerous, and we predict that at that time the gas chamber canard will be quietly abandoned in favor of the real and documented wrongs of a lesser but still horrible magnitude.

Perhaps the Allied powers will one day own up to their own crimes, committed in an effort to grind the will of the German people into dust so that they would not pose a future threat to those who consider domination of world trade and finance to be their exclusive possession. Almost 15 million Germans were summarily expelled from their homelands that in some cases went back 700 years or more, cast into the harshest European winter in a century with only what they could grab and carry. More than two million of them died of starvation, disease, and merciless attacks from those they encountered on their frozen paths of desperation. It was a pogrom of a magnitude unmatched in recorded history, and not only have the victims never received any kind of compensation, their story is known to very few because of a virulent anti-German bias that flourishes in the corridors of power. The innocent souls of the German victims are surely as worthy of acknowledgement as any other group victimized, and the situation cries out for justice, for at least a chronicling of the truth.

That lot will fall to another generation, but this will be the one to force a public and honest re-examination of what really went on inside the German forced labor camps from 1940 to 1945. Any who feel threatened by truth or the search for it say far more about the validity of their own positions than do their critics.

-- David Thomas, 7/12/97

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A remarkably sinister rendering of the air raid shelter door casting at the USHMM, found at their student outreach web offering. The caption there is:

"This casting of a door to the gas chamber in the Majdanek killing center, near Lublin, Poland, was commissioned by the United States Holocaust Museum in 1989. Majdanek functioned as a concentration camp, forced-labor camp, and killing center. Each gas chamber in Majdanek was fitted with an airtight metal door. It was bolted shut before gas entered the chamber inside. SS guards could observe the killing process through peepholes in the upper center of the door."

But, as can be seen from the ads and Crowell's article, this is just one of thousands of such doors that were produced in an attempt to keep the people in Germany from being blasted into eternity by the relentless carpet-bombings.
And this says it all:
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The 'holocaust' storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. That is why violent, racist, & privileged Jewish supremacists demand censorship. Truth needs no protection from scrutiny.
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