Spring Break 2012; one I will never forget - My Family Travels

My trip to Washington D.C. was better than I could ever imagine. I felt like I was like going to different world full of exotic breeds of people encamped around beautifully architectural buildings and amazingly smelling food. There was a fun, adventurous feeling to the air that you could not resist. Everything excited me, from the trips to the many different museums to the Great Mall and The Martin Luther King JR. Memorial. Aside from this, the real reason we came to Washington D.C. was to visit the Holocaust Museum. The building was beautiful and the way they the story of why and how these millions of people were killed left many people speechless and in tears. Not one person left that building without feeling a sense of remorse and pain like the victims did. It just hung over us all, and I am very thankful that I was able to go along on this trip with my club to be able to learn and share with the world what we saw.

This trip meant a lot to me. Growing up, as I learned slowly how and why these people were killed, it always fascinated me to try and learn more. We learned from the textbooks and what the teachers taught, but to actually hear from the voice of a survivor what she experienced, nothing beats that type of learning; Nothing.  I was determined to go on this trip, to see the East Coast and learn. There was financial trouble, but with effort and support, it was paid.

Weeks leading up to the trip, we went to different colleges to listen to about the Holocaust and give our insight on issues today. The trip was agonizing; the darkness had me restless as we went past curves, facing the strong winds. The moment we stepped off the bus and into the hotel was the happiest feeling ever! The walking we had to do on our tour of different locations was gruesome, but it was worth it; we saw the White House! But the Holocaust museum itself was indeed breathtaking, but what caught my eye the most were the exhibits. The way we explored through the levels was enough to get the feel, let alone seeing their clothing and shoes. I cried a lot. Our interview with survivor Louise Lawrence-Israels was astounding. The way she described her life was so descriptive; it made me feel there.

All and all, this trip was something that I would not want to forget. The greatest feeling I got was being able to come back to my school and share what we learned with the students. It was amazing to see how much many of these students had learned, yet even greater to see what they just did.

“I remember from different scenes of the Holocaust-related movies and pictures, that the Jews were uncomfortable. They only stood. That’s all they could do. It was too crowded to sit.” – an excerpt from my part in our Holocaust presentation.
Since visiting the Holocaust museum, I’ve learned a lot that I never knew, for instance, Germany got the idea of sterilization from the United States; Indiana. I’ve learned that it was not only Jewish people that were persecuted and killed, but children, homosexuals, the disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and many more. Since this trip, I have changed as an individual. I have learned to give a helping hand to those in need and watch out for others, because you will never know. We would certainly not want history to repeat itself, so chance for the better then change the world.

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