Wednesday, July 26, 2017

East Coast Extravaganza: Washington D.C Part Two

We woke up bright and early and made it to the Holocaust Museum. This was a big thing I wanted to do because I always tried to go when we lived in Maryland but it never worked out. I had been there when I was younger but I don't really remember much.
It was smaller than I remember, and actually very uncomfortable given our current political climate. We watched a short movie about Hitler's rise to power, plus the entire first floor is about the rise of the Nazi party and it was so interesting and unsettling.

I took a picture of this particular poster because it literally took my breath away. Enough for me to transcribe it below..

"After Germany annexed Austria in March 1938, pressure mounted on President Franklin D. Roosevelt to respond to the intensified refugee crisis in Europe. Roosevelt proposed an international conference. Thirty-three nations were invited and reassured that,
"no country will be expected to receive a greater number of immigrants than is permitted by existing legislation."
The invitation further pointed out that refugee assistance programs would be financed by private agencies and emphasized that no government funds would be required. In addition, Great Britain was assured that the subject of Jewish immigration into Palestine would not be discussed. 
Two days after Roosevelt announced the Evian Conference, Adolf Hitler remarked: I can only hope that the other world, which has such deep sympathy for these criminals [the Jews], will at least be generous enough to cover this sympathy into practical aide. We on our part are ready to put all these criminals at the disposal of these countries-for all I care, even on luxury ships.
But the United States did not intend to increase its own immigration quotas. American representation at Evian was played down:neither the Secretary of State nor the Under Secretary attended the conference. Little was expected and even less was accomplished.

From July 6 to 15, 1938, delegations from 32 nations met at Evian-les-Bains, France to identify refugee havens for German and Austrian Jews. Country after country acknowledged the refugees' plight, yet offered little more than excuses.
Great Britain would admit few Jews, and kept Palestine closed to large-scale Jewish immigration. Canada was willing to accept farmers, but this did not help the urban Jews of Austria and Germany. Australia declined to assist because it "does not have a racial problem, and is not desirous of importing one." The Venezuelan delegate was reluctant to disturb the "demographic equilibrium" of his country: no Jewish merchants, peddlers or intellectuals were wanted there. The Netherlands and Denmark offered only temporary asylum. The United States finally agreed to admit-for the first time-the full legal quote for immigrants from Germany and Austria. The Dominican Republic alone offered to receive a substantial number, 100,000 Jews."

Does anyone else think that is as crazy as I do?? And maybe a little familiar??

Anyway, the Holocaust museum was pretty incredible and I just wish I could have brought my students. I took as many pictures as I could, but you can't capture the feeling in pictures. I found myself glued to a  TV of liberation day, Russian and United State Armies had to bury thousands and thousands of bodies so that disease didn't spread. They were literally using backhoes into mass graves. It was insane to see.

After the Holocaust museum, we needed to kind of take a brain break before jumping into anything else so we went to Founding Farmer's for lunch. It was so delicious, I highly recommend it to anyone going to D.C

After lunch, we went to the National Archives so I could see the Declaration, Constitution and Bill of Rights in person. It's pretty crazy, the scribe of a lot of the documents was a 14 year old boy. They are so faded I am sad that my children and grandchildren may not be able to see these documents. 
I also saw the Magna Carta on the way out, it was awesome. The National Archives had this huge banner running thorough the entire building of all the bills that were introduced to Congress but never passed. So many! It was an awesome visual. No pictures from this because you couldn't!

Then we Lyft'd to the Lincoln Memorial and walked the 25ish walk along the river to the Jefferson memorial. 

Such a pretty walk! We almost didn't do it and I'm so glad we did. We took over an hour to do it as we keep stopping and taking in the view. Even though it was so ridiculously hot, it was so great.

It was dinner time, so we went to Momofuku for dinner. We lyft'd from the Jefferson memorial to the restaurant and it was the scariest lyft ride of my life! The guy tells us that he is new, and he was just holding his phone in his hand instead of a little holder which was pretty unsafe. First when we get in the car he was like "So where do I go?" so we said the name of the restaurant and he was like "How do I get there?" We were like it on your phone?? Haha so he did but then he missed the turn and was like "guys, what do I do???" so we literally had to get out our Google Maps on our phone and direct him ourselves. He was such a strange guy but I felt so bad for him! I purposefully waited a few days to rate him because I didn't want him to feel bad...haha!
Anyway, we had some delicious wings, pork buns and ramen even though it was a trillion degrees outside.

I think we just went back home after this, but I can't remember! This is why I shouldn't wait to write these posts. Garhhh! 
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