New Holocaust Museum opens

New Holocaust Museum Opens in Jerusalem(AP Video)
The new Holocaust History Museum at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem memorial took 10 years to complete. The building, designed by Israeli-American architect Moshe Safdie, spans more than 45,000 square feet — four times larger than the museum it replaces. On hand for the inaugural ceremonies were U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan: the presidents of Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia & Montenegro and Switzerland; prime ministers from France, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Romania and foreign ministers of Germany, Norway and Spain.
“This is a moment of commemoration for the 6 million murdered by Nazi Germany,” German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said in Jerusalem.
“Of course, Germany is my country, so it’s also a historical and moral responsibility to never forget what happened and the responsibility of my country for the Shoah,” he added.
Representing the United States was New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“Freedom is something we constantly have to fight for and if we ever compromise our standards, we see just how far it goes,” Bloomberg told reporters. “We cannot allow intolerance any place against any people.” Bloomberg, who was born in 1942, said that as a young boy, his father tried to explain to him what had happened to the Jews of Europe during World War II.
“I do remember us sitting around the table and my father trying to explain to me what had gone on in Europe when it came up in the history books,” Bloomberg said. “You can’t understand how anyone could do that to other human beings. I don’t know if there is an explanation.”
To give a human dimension to Holocaust statistics, some 90 personal stories are woven into the museum’s displays, which also feature some 280 works of art.
A video projected onto the wall of the entrance shows daily Jewish life in Europe in the 1920s and ’30s. Visitors can walk through a typical living room of a Jewish family in Germany in the 1930s. A life-size replica of the Warsaw Ghetto’s Leszno Street features cobblestones, a 1940s tram track and lampposts replete with shrapnel holes from the Jewish uprising — all donated by the Polish capital. The museum displays a three-tiered wooden barracks where concentration camp inmates slept, a cattle wagon that transported Jews to their deaths, and a small fishing boat that ferried Danish Jews to safety in Sweden. Underground galleries on either side of a 600-foot central walkway topped by a skylight guide visitors through the history of Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution: prewar life, anti-Semitic laws, roundups, deportations, mass executions, death camps.

3 thoughts on “New Holocaust Museum opens

  1. First of all, just to be rude– eleven million. Islands get hopped, you know, something like female police officers sometimes getting beaten by an outnumdering gaggle of fratboys led by Joschka Fischer.
    Second of all, how can you possibly commemorate the Holocaust without a sleepy-and-schleppy Dick Cheney in whatever he feels like wearing?

  2. Wow such honored and revered guests, now if most of them gave a damn about Israel (IN a Positive Fashion) then I would be impressed. Lets see if they take anything away from that experience, and bring it to their gov’ts (probably not) K&Y “schleppy Dick CHeney” lol…. ANd Baruch gotta love the Post, even with all the crap they print sometimes, their right on top of the latest happening in Israel, and Usually Pro Israel at that (especially the editorials)!

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