The Holocaust Museum is a chilling exhibition of the of the horrors conducted by the Nazis before and during World War II. The outside of the Museum, moving in and of itself with it's huge recreated smoke stack, is just the beginning of the experience this museum provides. There are endless amounts of photographs and videos of Jewish life in Europe before the holocaust, life in the concentration camps, and the aftermath and ghastly discovery of what had taken place after the defeat of the Nazis. I think the most emotional thing about the museum is the personal accounts and belongings that are here. There are writings and videos from survivors who tell incredible tales of what actually went on during the holocaust, and the collection of hundreds of shoes from children who were killed puts an indescribable feeling in you. One can't help but get emotional when visiting this important museum.
The permanent exhibit forms the core of Holocaust Museum Houston, which is entitled Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers. This exhibit is unique in its emphasis on Houston-area Holocaust survivors. The tour takes visitors through the origination of Judaism and life before World War II, to the rise of the Nazi Party and the Holocaust, through the aftermath of the Final Solution.
Holocaust Museum Houston houses the Ethel and Al Herzstein Theater, a 102-seat theater screens the film, Voices, a montage of oral histories of Houston-area Holocaust survivors. The theater is also the venue for a myriad of lectures, film series and symposia.
Josef and Edith Mincberg Gallery
The Mincberg Gallery hosts artistic exhibits of paintings, drawings, photography and artifacts on specific Holocaust-related subjects that give the viewer an artist’s perspective on that subject. Holocaust Museum Houston houses four major exhibitions a year, which are designed to compliment the educational aspects of the permanent collection. The gallery also serves as a venue for opening receptions and lectures.
The Lack Family Memorial Room
The award-winning Memorial Room provides visitors with a quiet place for reflection on the lessons learned from the Holocaust gathered from the permanent and art exhibitions. The Memorial Room contains The Wall of Remembrance, The Wall of Tears, The Wall of Hope – all designed by husband and wife team, Robert and Patricia Moss-Vreeland. The room also contains The Memorial Wall, which memorializes those who perished in the Holocaust, as well as Houston-survivors who have died since the Holocaust.
Eric Alexander Garden of Hope
The Eric Alexander Garden of Hope memorializes the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust, as well as honors the eternal spirit of all children. The garden is a moving combination of sculpture and landscape. Inscribed on the beautiful blue granite monument are the words of a poem written by a 16 year-old Polish girl, Alena Synkova, one of only 100 children who survived incarceration in the Theresiendstadt concentration camp.
Boniuk Library and Resource Center
The lending library houses more than 4,000 books on the history of the Jews, the Holocaust, post-Holocaust and related subjects. In addition to books, the library lends videos and posters. The library also houses the Oral Histories Project, which contains over 200 oral testimonies of Holocaust survivors, liberators and witnesses. There is a viewing room where visitors may learn about the Holocaust through these first-hand accounts. The library also houses the Archives, which are kept in a special environment controlled room. Many of the Museum’s archives have been donated by survivors and veterans from the Houston-area, as well as from across the country. These artifacts provide original and authentic evidence from the Holocaust era.
This is a good museum on the Holocaust. It is a far cry from the National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, which of course with govt. funding has a larger facility and more exhibits. It is still definately worth a stop.
A memorial to the Houston-area Holocaust survivors, this museum is a must-see. The exhibit leads you on a journey, via short video and audio clips, writings, and actual artifacts, from the beginnings of Judaism through the aftermath of of WWII. It is both an educational and a very moving experience that will not leave you. You cannot beat the price, either - it's free! They take donations, so there is no entrance fee, and after walking through the inspirational exhibit, you will have no problem offering the money. Located in the museum district, there is no way to miss this building. The design of the structure allows it to be only the thing it is - a Holocaust memorial, and is, in itself, a masterpiece. Also, there is a library and a bookstore, so make sure you get there early in order to get the full experience.
A very high Quality Museum that chronicles the struggles of those who survived the Holocaust and those who did not.