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A wonderful museum

After spending time at The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., doing research in Caroline Ferriday’s archives for Lilac Girls and touring that vast, fascinating museum I thought I’d seen it all, until I visited the Museum of Jewish Heritage down in Manhattan’s financial district.
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Created as a living memorial, it is designed in a lovely, soothing way, to celebrate the lives of those who perished in the holocaust. You can enjoy Andrew Goldsworthy’s zen-like stone garden, browse the many exhibits at your own pace and relax in a room where you can listen to survivors’ incredible stories over headphones,while overlooking the statue of liberty in the harbor, such a poignant combination.
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The museum has an astonishing number of personal artifacts, my favorite part of the exhibitions. My favorite was a dress made by Thea Gottesmann, a young woman imprisoned in Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.
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Once American forces liberated the camp, they distributed fabric to the prisoners to make clothing with, to replace their dirty striped uniforms.Thea hand-stitched a skirt and blouse for herself, her mother and a friend. She wore the pieces on the trip back to her home in Vienna and made a bag from her old uniform to keep in case she found any food along the way.
Such a talented seamstress and such an inspiring story!

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