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Coordinates: 38°53′16″N 77°02′01″W 38.887669000000002, -77.033670999999998

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Location & Contact Information
    • Address: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW Washington DC USA 20024-2126
    • Telephone Number: +1-202-488-0400
    • Official Website: [1]
  • Overview

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is the United States living memorial to the Holocaust. Located among monuments and memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the USHMM is dedicated to help leaders and citizens of the world to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy.In 1980, the US Congress authorized the creation of the Museum based on the 1979 report of the Presidents Commission of the Holocaust established by Jimmy Carter. With the support of Miles Lerman the Museum raised approximately $190 million dollars for the construction of the Museum and acquisition of artifacts. The Museum building was designed by James Ingo Freed (a Jewish survivor of Nazi Germany), of Pei Cobb Freed and Partners. Additionally, Maurice N. Finegold of Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc, was a consulting architect on the project. Though the outside of the building is monumental with clean lines, in keeping with the large governmental buildings in the immediate context, the interior was meant to provoke more intimate and visceral responses.Since its dedication in 1993, the Museum has welcomed nearly 30 million visitors, including more than 8 million school children and 85 heads of state. Today 90 percent of the Museum’s visitors are not Jewish, and their Web site, the world’s leading online authority on the Holocaust, had 15 million visits in 2006 from an average of 100 different countries daily.[1]



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