Museum of Tolerance Review

This is a picture from inside the Museum of Tolerance

This is a picture from inside the Museum of Tolerance

Before Winter Break started, the 8th grade Language Arts GATE classes went to the Museum of Tolerance. Mrs. Steuber’s class went on December 10, 2019 and Mrs. James class went on December 11, 2019. During the tour of the museum, tourists were learn a lot about the Holocaust and how it is affecting our current day lives.

The Museum of Tolerance is about racism and prejudice around the world with a main focus on the Holocaust. The museum was established in 1993 built by Simon Wiesenthal who was a Holocaust survivor and Nazi Hunter. This museum receives over 350,000 annual visits with most being for the talks and exhibits. There are testimonies of Holocaust survivors and guides that tell stories and answer questions.

In the Holocaust section, every student gets a card with information on a child that was a victim in the Holocaust. Everyone learned more about their assigned child at different stations while the guide was walking the tourists through the museum. At the end of trip visitors find out whether or not their child was murdered or a survivor of the Holocaust. The main person talked about in the Holocaust section is Anne Frank. The tourist guides explained Anne Frank’s life and legacy. They showed rare artifacts found from the Secret Annex which was the place where they lived in hiding from the Nazis. There were documents showing how the Franks lived in the Secret Annex and how life was there. Photos were presented with multimedia technology to show a life experience in the Secret Annex. A copy of Anne Frank’s diary is shown throughout the museum. Tourist guides talk about how Anne Frank affected the Holocaust and what she did that made a difference in our lives today. It showed that no matter how hard life was, there were still ways to enjoy it in any situation.

The second part of the museum was called the Tolerancenter. This museum was about the issues of prejudice in everyday life. An example shown was a car crash with a mom, the son, the son’s girlfriend, and the liquor store owner. The son and his girlfriend got into a car crash due to drunk driving. The mom was aware of the son’s drinking problem but decided to not take any action in helping his son overcome this addiction. The girlfriend was the one that gave his boyfriend the illegal liquor license so he could drink as much as he wanted. In this situation, people were supposed to decide on who’s fault the accident was. In the end most of the visitors voted that the mom and the girlfriend were at fault for this accident the most.

The Museum of Tolerance was a good experience as students learned a lot of info about the Holocaust and everyday life.