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One of three presentations played continuously throughout a fundraiser held to benefit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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  1. 1. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Washington DC
  2. 2. About the Museum <ul><li>A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United </li></ul><ul><li>States Holocaust Memorial Museum stimulates </li></ul><ul><li>leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent </li></ul><ul><li>genocide, promote human dignity, and </li></ul><ul><li>strengthen democracy. A public-private </li></ul><ul><li>partnership, federal support guarantees the </li></ul><ul><li>Museum’s permanence, and donors nationwide </li></ul><ul><li>make possible its educational activities and </li></ul><ul><li>global outreach. </li></ul>
  3. 3. About the Museum <ul><li>Located among our national monuments to </li></ul><ul><li>freedom on the National Mall, the Museum </li></ul><ul><li>provides a powerful lesson in the fragility of </li></ul><ul><li>freedom, the myth of progress, the need for </li></ul><ul><li>vigilance in preserving democratic values. With </li></ul><ul><li>unique power and authenticity, the Museum </li></ul><ul><li>teaches millions of people each year about the </li></ul><ul><li>dangers of unchecked hatred and the need to </li></ul><ul><li>prevent genocide. </li></ul>
  4. 4. About the Museum <ul><li>And we encourage them to act, cultivating a </li></ul><ul><li>sense of moral responsibility among our citizens </li></ul><ul><li>so that they will respond to the monumental </li></ul><ul><li>challenges that confront our world. Today we </li></ul><ul><li>face an alarming rise in Holocaust denial and </li></ul><ul><li>antisemitism—even in the very lands where </li></ul><ul><li>The Holocaust happened—as well as genocide </li></ul><ul><li>and threats of genocide in other parts of the </li></ul><ul><li>world. ( Preceding text from the Museum’s web site, </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Hall of Witness at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. — Credit: Alan Gilbert, courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives.
  6. 6. For memory is a moral action, a choice. You can choose to remember. You can choose not. Joyce Carol Oates
  7. 7. The 15th Street/Eisenhower Plaza entrance to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. — Credit: Max Reid, USHMM Photo Archives.
  8. 8. All of us, whether guilty or not, whether old or young, must accept the past… it is not a case of coming to terms with the past. That is not possible. It cannot be subsequently modified or undone. However, anyone who closes his eyes to the past is blind to the present. Whoever refuses to remember the inhumanity is prone to new risks of infection… seeking to forget makes exile all the longer; the secret of redemption lies in remembrance. Richard von Weizsacker President, Federal Republic of Germany (1984-1994)
  9. 9. Visitors to the Museum pass under this gate, a cast taken from the original entrance to the Auschwitz death camp, inscribed with the ironic phrase Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Makes One Free). — Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  10. 10. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. Hebrews 13:3
  11. 11. Dedication in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Hall of Remembrance AG/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  12. 12. Hall of Remembrance
  13. 13. I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead; the living have no right to forget. Chaim Herzog President of Israel 1983-1993