United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl Sw
Washington, DC 20024

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national
institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of
Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions
of people murdered during the Holocaust.

The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and
annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators
between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims --- six million
were murdered; Gypsies, the handicapped, and Poles were also
targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national
reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses,
Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents also suffered grievous
oppression and death under Nazi tyranny.

The Museum's primary mission is to advance and disseminate
knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory
of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the
moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as
well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.

Chartered by a unanimous Act of Congress in 1980 and located
adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Museum strives
to broaden public understanding of the history of the Holocaust through
multifaceted programs: exhibitions; research and publication; collecting
and preserving material evidence, art, and artifacts relating to the
Holocaust; annual Holocaust commemorations known as the Days of
Remembrance; distribution of educational materials and teacher
resources; and a variety of public programming designed to enhance
understanding of the Holocaust and related issues, including those of
contemporary significance.



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