The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum doesn’t just collect historical information; it tries to make that information relevant and apply that information to today’s societal issues. Watch Michael Abramowitz, Director of the Committee on Conscience at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, talk about the museum’s mission and how they are preventing future genocides:
The museum is using technology in a number of different ways to enhance the visitor’s experience. With about 1.7 million of visitors coming through the doors each year, and tens of millions visiting the museum’s Web site for Holocaust information, “we’re constantly looking for innovative ways to speak to those audiences,” Abramowitz said.
A few years ago, for example, the museum worked with the U.S. State Department and other groups to post aerial photos on their Web site of the destroyed and damaged villages of Darfur, where the government of Sudan was executing an ethnic cleansing campaign about 10 years ago.
“I think the way we think about it is, we are a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust,” Abramowitz told genConnect. “One of the most powerful ways we can fulfill that memorial function is by trying to do what we can to prevent these crimes from happening again.”
genConnect was credentialed press at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo., where we interviewed the premier speakers and attendees at the conference. For more of our video interviews and articles from the Ideas Festival, click here.
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