United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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The paper opines that because the Holocaust was such a profoundly important event that changed the world, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's role in constituting public memory is crucial. The paper describes the permanent exhibition of the museum and shows how through the chronological sequence of events and the intensity of the images and narratives, the museum successfully frames the visitor as a Jew, a victim and a witness. The paper also discusses the museum's use of identification cards, the Tower of Faces and the portrayal of the United States' heroic image.
From the Paper:"The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is an intense and profound building that houses some of the most disturbing and intriguing images and artifacts from the Holocaust in the world. One experiences an emotional rollercoaster as he or she is self-guided through the permanent exhibition. As the layout of the exhibition was set up to do, one feels a sense of detachment from the victims while at the same time apart of, and contributor to, their suffering. While providing an abundance of information and photographs, the ultimate goal of the Holocaust Memorial Museum is to keep the memory of this tragic event, and the countless number of victims, alive for generations to come."
Sample of Sources Used:
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- Liss, Andrea. "The Identity Card Project and the Tower of Faces at the United StatesHolocaust Memorial Museum." In Grasping the World: The Idea of the Museum,edited by Donald Preziosi and Claire Farago. 735-758. Burlington: AshgatePublishing Limited, 2004.
- "United States Holocaust Memorial Museum." http://www.ushmm.org.
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