Holocaust Museum
Exploring Our Daily Decision Making


BROADCAST DATE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2005

During this electronic field trip, experienced museum educators will use the artifacts and stories in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's permanent exhibition, The Holocaust, to help students explore the Nazi rise to power and how countless individuals, traditionally relied upon to uphold the public good, became the active participants in civil rights violations and mass murder. Through the lens of history, students will then be asked to explore the consequences of their own daily decision making, both on their immediate environment and the world at large.

The United State Holocaust Memorial Museum has a special mandate to teach the history of the Holocaust and to memorialize its victims. Study of the Holocaust can teach us about human nature and the range of human behavior - from unimaginable evil to extraordinary goodness. The Museum seeks to transform the study of the history of the Holocaust into personal meaning for individuals so that they might use this knowledge to inform their view of the complex issues of contemporary life.

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