We started off at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I felt that it is one of the many places to visit while in D.C. The Holocaust was just an unspeakable and horrible period in the World’s history, yet it is also something that should be reflected and learned about so it is not repeated.
You may think that you know all there is about the Holocaust, but I learned some new things while at the museum – either that or I learned about it, forgot about it then re-learned it again. For example, other than incarcerating Jews, the Germans also sent Jehovah’s Witnesses, political prisoners (aka anyone who spoke up against Hitler and the Nazis), scientists and homosexuals. At one point, the amount of countries that were controlled by the Nazis were so far and vast, those trying to escape them, really had no where to go. Then, once the war was over, because there was so much destruction, especially in the Allied countries, those that were able to return, couldn’t.
They did have stories that I did remember and/or read about. They had a section on Anne Frank, about her life, when she was captured and when she died. They also had a section on Auschwitz, how the prisoners were transported by freight cars in extreme conditions. Then how they were divided up, first by gender, then whether they will continue at the camp undergoing hard labor, or if they will go to the gas chamber.
They also had a room that had written excerpts as well as recordings of those who had survived the Holocaust. They described how they were brought to the camps, how their life was while living in the barracks, or how it was when they were rescued at the end of the war. After seeing how everyone was taken, imprisoned and/or put to death, you can’t help but to feel awe for those who had lived through such horror, anger for those who had imprisoned them, and sadness for those who did not survive.
Now, I wish I could have taken more photos around the museum. However, I also felt that this was such a somber and heavy topic, that I did not want to be snapping photos at every turn. You can’t help but to feel affected in some way after that.
Next was the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Just like the name suggests, this museum chronicles how man got into the air and space by craft.
We saw the plane flown by the Wright Brothers!
The museum gave a nod to women pilots in America, too!
Some military planes and drones…
As well as space craft and satellites…
We even got on one of the simulator rides!
From there we headed towards the White House. We were only able to take a picture from outside the gates.
Shortly after we returned home, they announced that they were no longer allowing people in that area anymore (good thing we went, then!)
Finally, our last stop was at the State Capitol. We were able to get a tour after contacting our state representative, Tammy Duckworth.
For a big building, we weren’t allowed into a lot of it. Even though there were some rooms there for the representatives, they really spend most of their time across the street in either the Rayburn House Office Building or in the Hart Senate Office Building.
By the time we were done with our tour, we were plenty tired! We would be leaving early the next morning. I did feel like we covered a lot of ground and we would love to come back!
How about you? Have you been here as well? What did you think? Feel free to share in the comments below!
Until next time,