The Dallas Holocaust Museum packs a lot of powerful moments into a relatively small space. Started in 1984 by a local group of Holocaust survivors, the museum is dedicated to preaching the importance of taking an active stance against prejudice and hatred. The museum hopes to make its visitors “Upstanders,” or people who aren’t indifferent to atrocity.
The primary exhibit in the museum is A Day in the Life of the Holocaust, April 19, 1943. On this day, an attack on a concentration camp-bound train occurred, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising reached a boiling point, and U.S. and U.K. officials met at the hopelessly ineffectual Bermuda Conference. This exhibit shows the Holocaust from these three points of view. For an even more personal tour, there are numerous survivors and relatives of survivors who volunteer at the museum, and they are usually available to talk to large groups—especially students—about their stories. The museum also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including a Chanukah celebration. Guided and audio tours are available.
Though the current building is humble in size, there are plans to build a larger facility at Houston and Pacific streets across from The Sixth Floor Museum