Taking the Kids and Visiting Museums
The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT
Meet Daniel. He was an 11-year-old German boy who lived with his parents and younger sister and loved soccer, swimming and skiing. He was Jewish. Daniel was not a real boy, but rather a composite of the millions of children caught up in the Holocaust.
The exhibit "Remember the Children: Daniel's Story" (www.ushmm.org) is on the lower level of the
You will walk through Daniel's rapidly changing life, told through his diary entries, from his comfortable bedroom in a German town with his soccer ball and skis, to the horror of a concentration camp.
"Remember my story," Daniel says in a movie at the beginning of the exhibit. "They hated everyone who was different." There are so many lessons for today --
"Have you ever been blamed for something that's not your fault?" Daniel asks, as he recounts how he was forbidden to go to school or swim in the area pool, or how people were told to no longer shop at his father's store before the family was finally forced to move from their home to a ghetto "far away."
If you are visiting
Wherever you find yourself this holiday season, make time to visit a museum -- even if you take in just one exhibit. Museums are a great way to get the gang out of grandma's house for a couple of hours, especially when it's too cold to hit the local playground. And if you are a member of your local art, science or children's museum, you may find that membership gets you in for free.
Look for new exhibits this holiday season, as well as stalwarts.
Take the kids to the
Got a future meteorologist in your gang?
Nutrition takes center stage at
Look for small museums or exhibits, too. Tour the
You can follow your passion at a small museum. There's a History of
Or inspire a future career.
At the end of "Daniel's Story" at the
"This made me realize this could happen to me," wrote one boy.
"Prejudice to anybody is wrong," wrote another.
A great holiday lesson, I think.
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