There are a lot of terrifying exhibits within the museum. The actual full size (death camp) box car elicited an intense eerie feeling as I walked though it to get to the other side of the exhibit. There is also a miniature (cut-a-way) version of an entire death camp. There is no way for me to describe the majority of the exhibits/recreations within the museum because they are beyond most peoples grasp of understanding (including mine)without the visual impact. The museum curator has done a tremendous job of weaving together the story of how the holocaust was able to happen and the accurate history of what occurred and who stood by, collaborated, and took lead roles, in nearly wiping out the Jewish people.
The best quote to sum up the experience and general feeling I had at the end of the tour, which is actually on one of the walls of the museum, is:
"First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out- because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out- because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out- because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me- and there was no one left to speak for me." - by Matin Niemoller who according to www.ushmm.org (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was a German theologian and pastor who originally supported the Nazi's in Germany and later was sent to prison for his opposition of the Nazi party. If you are interested in learning more about the Holocaust or the United States Holocaust Museum click on this link http://www.ushmm.org
Washington Monument from the Holocaust Museum