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Museum Floor Plan
Click on the map to see some of the artifacts.
Times art / Teresanne Cossetta
- When visitors enter the center they may view an eight- to 10-minute introductory film.
- Storefronts and a kiosk announcing events of interest illustrate Jewish life before the war. A history of anti-Semitism is presented.
- Interactive maps show the Nazi march across Europe. The Nuremberg Laws of 1935, which stripped German Jews of their citizenship, are outlined.
- A Torah scroll saved from a Czechoslovakian synagogue is displayed. Behind the facade of a Berlin synagogue visitors see religious life as it was before the Holocaust and after Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) in 1938, when Jewish property and synagogues were destroyed. The world, with few exceptions, failed to respond to the plight of Jews. Denmark saved most of its Jewish citizens. Jews from other countries were deported to ghettos and camps, where many died.
- Visitors walk under the infamous Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Liberates) arch that welcomed prisoners to Auschwitz. They see a scale model of Birkenau, the largest death camp. Several bricks from a crematorium are displayed.
- Another area focuses on how the United States reacted to the Holocaust and other situations of intolerance since the Holocaust.
- The "History, Heritage and Hope" multimedia center features 12 computers and monitors with images of the families of three local survivors.
- Gray marble benches in the meditation area offer visitors an opportunity to sit and reflect on what they have seen.
- The "Righteous Gentiles" area honors people such as Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat, and Chinue Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat, who risked their lives to save Jews.
- A small altar in a corner of the memorial center has a place for remembrance candles. This area also has seats, an eternal light and a six-branched sculpture honoring the 6-million Jews who perished.
Interactive learning, AV library
Educational facilities, including the interactive Tolerance and Learning Center and print and audiovisual library are on the third floor. Here survivors also may receive legal counseling and give their video testimonies. In addition there will be classrooms for seminars and conferences, a VIP reception area and a boardroom.
For more information, please see the offical Florida Holocaust Museum Web site.
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