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Wednesday, December 17, 2008


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Here's my own quick video tour of Kristalnacht, which I think made more of an impression on me than on Hamlet.

The sim is beautifully rendered, and the integration of audio commentary, interactive elements, sound effects, and imagery from the period closely mirrored my experience visiting the Holocaust Museum in DC. And the added ability to tour the sim with other people makes it even more powerful.

Hillary Bloch

My personal identity is rooted in the shoah and the events immediately afterwards: the barring of sardine-packed jewish refugee boats by nations around the world (the U.S. included), UN Resolution 181 from which the state of Israel was born on May 14, 1948, the invasion of Israel by Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq on May 15, 1948. What I find to be the more profound "blackest stain in the Western conscience" is that in my lifetime I have witnessed the Cambodian genocide of 1978-, the Kurdistan killings of 1988, the Rwandan genocide of 1994, the Srebrenica genocide of 1995, the Kosovo genocide of 1998-, the Congolese massacres of 2000, the Darfur genocide of 2003-... Anything which reminds us of what we must never forget and which shakes our denial of conscience is needed.

David Klevan

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum willl be hosting a presentation in Second Life by museum historian and educator, Ann Millin, on "Reporting on Kristallnacht: Propaganda and the Press" telling the story of the German government's attempt to hide the truth about Kristallnacht and how American journalists got the story out to the world.

The program will take place in conjunction with International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Tuesday, January 27 @ 3pm ET/12pm SLT, and it will last about one hour (including time for Q&A).

The SLURL can be found at http://snurl.com/7r1i6.

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