Jeff Jarvis visits the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC:
The Holocaust Museum is phenomenal: beautifully expressed, eloquently informative, devastatingly human. I have read about the museum from its opening and have seen pictures of the exhibits. But there is nothing like the experience of walking through and coming to the room that extends up and down beyond focus with pictures of the people of the shtetl Eishishok: It makes every life real, it makes every loss painful. And when I came to the room with shoes, nothing but empty shoes, I broke down.
I’ve been there – it was the last thing I visited in Washington, DC before moving from Ellicott City, Maryland to Medina, Ohio in the mid 1990’s. It was then, as it is now, a hauntingly emotional experience that reminds us all of lives lost and the existence of evil in the world.