Last week we visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It was a very somber experience, but an extremely educational one at the same time. By preserving first-hand accounts and artifacts from such a dark time in our history, we are able to educate the public and future generations about the importance of tolerance and compassion for all humans, no matter what differences we have and hopefully put a stop to prejudice and genocide worldwide once and for all.
Out of all the exhibits in the museum, the room of shoes hit me the hardest emotionally – I walked out a changed person. It’s filled with thousands of shoes collected from Holocaust victims just before they were sent to the gas chambers. You can literally smell the shoes; the old, decaying leather. If you’re ever in Washington DC, you have absolutely no excuse not to visit this museum.