Incidents of persecution and intolerance are scattered throughout Jewish history. Jews were often blamed or scapegoated for problems; the Holocaust was the darkest time in Jewish history. Six million Jews were systematically murdered by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party and collaborators. The Holocaust narrative in the Jewish Museum Milwaukee is made chilling and personal through Milwaukee-related stories. Stories of survival and of destruction are also told through artifacts, pictures and personal testimony.
The Jewish Museum Milwaukee approaches the Holocaust chronologically, beginning as the Jews were identified and isolated from the general population; moving on to the Final Solution, a term that the Nazis used to describe the systematic murder of Jews and other “undesirables;” and then through liberation by Allied forces. The Museum also describes the post-war life of survivors in Displaced Persons Camps and Jewish responses to the Holocaust.
Local survivors speak about their experiences before, during and after the war in a short film, dedicated to ensuring that their stories will never be forgotten. Milwaukee’s Holocaust Memorial is immediately outside the museum and provides a physical space for community members to reflect on the tragedy of the Holocaust.
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