Posted on 01/28/2016 @ 11:46 AM
On January 11, 2016, my class and I visited the Holocaust Memorial. Our tour guide walked us through the genocide that was taking place in not only Germany, but most of Europe.The most intriguing part of the tour, in my opinion, was when we heard the survivors' testimonies in the video about the Holocaust. This video mainly talks about the beginning of the Holocaust, Kristallnacht, and what is was like to live in concentration camp. After we finished the short film and discussed the history of the memorial itself, we walked outside. There was one statue outside with a woman and her two children under her arms, as if she was guarding them or protecting them. We then circled the large statue of the hand reaching out of the ground. Our tour guide then asked us what we saw, and we each had our different interpretations of what the statue meant to us. We then walked to the other side of the courtyard, and there was another statue of the same woman and her two children that we had seen on the other side. This time, they were dead. This portion of the tour was very profound and depressing in a way. Seeing all of those statues, of what appeared to be people yelling, gave me an idea of what those people were feeling at that time. Overall, the field trip as a whole was a great experience, I enjoyed the tour of he memorial, and learned I a lot.