THE DESTRUCTION: 1940-1945
This exhibit is about the actual Final Solution: the concentration camps. The purpose, as a visitor, is not only to understand but to feel and to emphasize. Here, I encourage you to write a short reflection afterwards as a way to take stock of this encounter with the past and how it affected your thoughts, emotions, and viewpoints.
Here are some specific questions you may want to think about as you peruse the Destruction exhibit:
One of the goals of Holocaust education is to learn to empathize with others. What are you feeling as you visit this exhibit?
One of the other goals of Holocaust education is to try to understand why this happened? From everything you've learned, what do you think caused the Holocaust?
What questions does this raise for you about the Holocaust?
WATCH FRANCINE'S TESTIMONY
AUSCHWITZ SURVIVORS TELL THEIR STORIES
DEPORTATION OF STUTTGART JEWS TO RIGA, LATVIA
Waiting in a Detention Camp in Stuttgart (Nov. 1941)
The systematic "resettlement" of Jews from the German Reich began on October 16, 1941. Only a few weeks later, the first of these Jews were killed in mass shootings near Kaunas (Lithuania) and Riga (Latvia). Other German Jews, together with Jews from all over Europe, were either deported to ghettos in the east or sent directly to concentration and extermination camps.
The photograph comes from the "Auschwitz Album," a collection of 193 photographs documenting the arrival and selection of one or more transports of Hungarian Jews in May/June 1944. The photographs were taken by SS Hauptscharführer Bernhardt Walter and his assistant, Unterscharführer Ernst Hofmann.