For $8, today's Groupon gets you two adult admissions to the Dallas Holocaust Museum (a $16 value). Admission includes the self-guided audio tour, available in English or Spanish.
The museum shares the lessons of the Holocaust with more than 40,000 students and 15,000 walk-in visitors every year, preserving the memory of the genocide’s victims while aiming to make a better future by imparting moral and ethical lessons. The museum’s permanent exhibit focuses on the behavior of three groups of bystanders on April 19, 1943. On that day, three young Belgians liberated a train bound for Auschwitz, the residents of the Warsaw Ghetto rose up in revolt, and British and American officials met in Bermuda but failed to take action against the Holocaust. This focus on a single day keeps the experience from overwhelming visitors while still encapsulating the horrific scale of the Shoah. The main exhibit puts weight behind the Albert Einstein quote at the museum’s entrance: “The world is too dangerous to live in—not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who sit and let it happen.”
Along with its permanent exhibit, the Dallas Holocaust Museum also hosts special exhibits, such as the current The Ghosts of Auschwitz, wherein photographer Cole Thompson uses long exposures to haunt his pictures of the infamous concentration camp with ghostlike human forms.
Dallas Holocaust Museum
On a single day in the middle of World War II, actions in three isolated incidents represent an ethical lesson taught to this day at the Dallas Holocaust Museum. On that day—April 19, 1943—three Belgian men attacked a train destined for Auschwitz, freeing its passengers; the occupants of the Warsaw Ghetto united in revolt; and at the Bermuda Conference, officials from the British and American governments declined to take action against ongoing atrocities in Europe. The Dallas Holocaust Museum’s main exhibit locates a crucial distinction in presenting these three events: the difference between "bystanders" and what the museum calls "Upstanders." The exhibit was created in the hopes that every visitor would become an "Upstander," moved not only to remember a horrific past but also to take action when faced with modern threats to human rights.
A self-guided audio tour relates the heroism of those who stood up on that date in 1943 as museum guests explore artifacts, photographs, and a full-size boxcar. Special exhibits that often focus on photography supplement the permanent installation, and testimonies from volunteer survivors and liberators provide a firsthand perspective on the historical tragedy and its lessons. Along with exposing more than 30,000 students and 22,000 walk-in visitors to its messages annually, the museum advocates engagement with the world through educational programs designed for everyone from educators to law-enforcement officials.