Thursday, January 27, 2005
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is one of the pilgrimages individuals and families of all nations should make. Whatever else one sees in Washington, D.C., this is the primary and orienting experience. After this experience you will be more grateful for the Capitol and more troubled by the influence peddling that pervades it. You will see the White House and know that a revered President who resided there long delayed an intervening response after learning of the plight of the Jews in Europe, even preventing many from immigrating to the United States. You will be deeply grateful for freedom and come away with a heightened sensitivity to abuses of authority even in the name of democracy and freedom. You will grieve and repent of your own small bigotries and speak up more quickly in defense of any oppressed person or group in the future. Learn more at www.ushmm.org.