After inventing geometry and physics, Greeks invented history—primarily as a way to document their many inventions. Take a stroll through history with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get two admissions to The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills (up to a $16 value).
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus is dedicated to honoring the survivors of the Holocaust and to preserving the legacy of its victims through an educational model that fosters ethical conduct and responsible decision-making. As America’s very first freestanding Holocaust museum, the HMC has enlightened millions of visitors through vivid and innovative displays for more than 25 years. Near the lobby, an illustrated timeline of the 4,000-year history of the Jewish people leads to the awe-inspiring Museum of European Jewish Heritage, where floor-to-ceiling murals depict the history of Jewish life across Europe. A Yiddish theater projects archival footage of Jewish culture, and an entire wall devoted to tracing the history of anti-Semitism leads to harrowing exhibits depicting the beginning of World War II and the Final Solution. The last exhibit of the post-war world shines a light on the aftermath of the atrocities of the Holocaust, with a memorial flame that burns eternally in solemn remembrance of those who perished. Check the museum schedule for traveling collections and frequently rotating lectures, and to speak with perseverant survivors whose great courage and strength overcame unimaginable intolerance.
CBS Detroit named the Holocaust Memorial Center as the Best Cultural Museum in Detroit, 10Best ranks it as one of the 10 Best Attraction & Activities in Detroit, and Detroit Moxie named it one of the 40 Things to Do in Detroit Before You're Dead. Five Yelpers give the memorial a five-star average, three Google Mappers give it an average of 4.7 stars, and more than 2,260 Facebookers like the center:
- Not what anyone would classify as a “good time” but certainly informative. – Christopher Nadeau, CBS Detroit
- The country's first freestanding facility devoted to remembering the Holocaust and working to prevent future abominations. It presents a variety of exhibits that grimly document the horrors of the European Jews' near-extermination in the early 20th century. – 10Best
Holocaust Memorial Center
Named one of the city's best cultural museums by CBS Detroit, the Holocaust Memorial Center is among America’s first Holocaust museums. For more than 25 years, the HMC has memorialized the senseless murder of millions, promoting tolerance while sending out a call to action to prevent future discrimination, hate crimes, bullying, and genocide by keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust and the lives it claimed.
Starting near the museum's lobby, an illustrated timeline tracing 4,000 years of Jewish history leads into The Museum of European Jewish Heritage, which highlights Judaism through artifacts and displays. From there, a ramp descending beyond a 22-foot window display of Nazi propaganda leads into an exhibit on The Final Solution. Here, displays and audiovisual installations usher visitors toward the Survivors' Theater, where live presentations by Detroit-area survivors illuminate the atrocities' personal costs. Daily tours are led by the museum's caring, expert educators, who guide guests through the exhibits while encouraging them to internalize the lessons for use in their own lives.
New to the museum is the Weisberg Gallery, where a Holocaust-era boxcar stands as a reminder of the scale of the period's atrocities. The museum also welcomes traveling exhibits such as Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow, a collection depicting the story of Jewish professors fleeing Nazism and finding teaching positions at historically black universities. The exhibit explores the encounter between these scholars and their students, the impact the relationships had on one another, and the effect on the Civil Rights Movement and American society.
Post-war exhibits cover the Nuremberg Trials, honor the righteous individuals who risked their lives to resist the Nazis or save Jewish lives during the war, and pay homage to those who perished with a memorial flame. The museum also houses a well-stocked library, where guests can research their genealogy with materials dedicated to European Jewish history. Beyond its core exhibits, the HMC hosts special exhibits encompassing photographs, art, and history, in addition to sending survivors to speaking engagements throughout the city and hosting the Kindertransport Memory Quilt, whose patches represent the experiences of Jewish youth rescued from Eastern Europe.
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