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[ profile] sarahmichigan and I had a loverly day filled with the Holocaust museum and walking around downtown Plymouth. The day was filled with everything I like, museums, walking, quotes, magnets, and caramel (I'm attempting a licorice caramel. Wish me luck).

Based on where I seem to be at this moment in my life, these two magnets seemed really cool and they had quotes on them, so I bought then and now I share them with you.

courage does not always roar. sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,"i will try again tomorrow."

~ Mary Anne Radmacher

peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.


In the same store, I also saw this quote that I thought was groovy too:

Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things.

~ Unknown

Date: 2008-08-14 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I want to visit it because I have a fascination with WWII, but on the other hand am afraid I will turn around and hate humanity. Is it worth going to? Is there admission? Is it soul-numbingly depressed?

Date: 2008-08-14 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've studied the Holocaust a lot off and on through the years. I've been to the big museum in DC, other smaller memorials and to Dachau in Germany as well. I'd say the most depressing was Dachau.

What I like about this place is that it is split into 3 sections. The first section focuses on Jewish history, culture, and traditions. The second part focuses on the war. The third delves into the liberation movement and people who helped Jews during the war.

They have tons of things to read, lots of paintings, short movies, artifacts, and stories. This was my second time there and I didn't get to spend a lot of time in the liberation part when I went last time. There was a very moving movie with survivors telling their stories. That brought a few tears on and honestly we didn't finish watching it. It was a lot to take in. I guess it just depends on your threshold for seeing human suffering in terms of how soul-numbingly depressing it is.

My interest in that time period actually lies with the people who tried to help including resistance movements and people who hid Jews and forged papers, etc. I like how they focus on all of that. You have to make it to the end to get there of course as it's chronological.

It's free admission. You can give donations if you'd like, but you do not have to. There is just a box on your way out. Depending on how much you want to read and such you could spend an entire day. The first time I went we spent the whole day there. Today we spent 2 hours and that was nice.

It's a good museum. It's totally worth going to.

Date: 2008-08-14 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A while back we read "102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers" by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn. It was stressful for me to read at first...too recent after the event to take it in. But it was a phenomenal book, and I think it is important for everybody to read it to understand the background of the magnitude of the devastation. For example, that the police and firemen didn't have shared walkie-talkie lines because of politics, which led to grevious miscommunication repeatedly during the evacuation. By having many people read this, hopefully mistakes like that won't happen anymore.

I was on a flight several years ago, and a concentration camp survivor was sitting next to me (he showed me the numbers on his forearm and told me about how they emigrated to the US after the war). I didn't ask him about it in any detail because it was obviously painful for him to talk about, but I will literally never forget meeting him for the rest of my life, just thinking of what he had gone through, and I do still think about him on a regular basis because he had that much of an impact on me.

I think things like this are important to remind us to do what we can to prevent future occurances.

We both have been wanting to go to the Holocaust Center for a long time, and you're reminded me that we still haven't done it yet and we should plan to go in the near future.

Date: 2008-08-18 10:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks again for volunteering to come with me and suggesting downtown Plymouth. I had a ton of fun (OK, the Center wasn't always "fun" but I'm glad I went).


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