Saturday, October 19th, 2019
Today we started our tour at the Holocaust Museum. There group was split into smaller groups so they could walk around the museum by themselves.
The museum offers visitors to be part of a “role-play” in which everyone receives a facsimile ID card of a person who lived during the holocaust. Each of the museum’s 4 floors then offers some information (photos and quotes) about what happened to those persons during different periods of Holocaust.
The fact that the majority of our German group had also taken part in the Auschwitz tour in grade 9 did not matter because visiting the museum was a good contribution to our knowledge about the Third Reich. Moreover, one of the weirdest feelings we had during the museum tour was when we saw how many Jewish communities were erased, not only in big cities…(see pictures below and you’ll find a well known town..)
After the Holocaust Museum we continued our tour on the Mall, starting at the World War II memorial this time. The memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall’s central axis.
From there we walked along the Reflecting Pool, straight up to the Abraham Lincoln memorial which was incredible.
Then we visited the Vietnam War Memorial which is a wall with 58.000 names on. It was very emotional because there was a group of veterans who had fought in the Vietnam wWar and visited their fallen friends.
Right after that we took a Metro Train headed to Alexandria, Virginia, where we split our group again so that everybody had the chance to do and see what they wanted to.
We had a tasty lunch at an Italian restaurant (see below).
Some of us took the Metro at 5pm to get to the hotel and others stayed in the city to watch a movie at the cinema.
What a great last day!