In the mid 1990s, tremendous attention was paid to the newly opened United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The site linked below was created in the mid 1990s by students at the University of Virginia, who were interested in exploring how the new United States Holocaust Memorial Museum responded to the challenge of memorializing such a massive event as the Holocaust. The goal of their project was to
"connect[s] the collective memory of the American people with the horror
of the Holocaust.
When rain soaks the ground at the sites of Auschwitz, Dachau, and other death
camps, shards of bone and layers of ash work their way to the surface. This same process is at
work in our recollections of the Holocaust. Americans have been unable to suppress the guilt
horror that remembering the Holocaust engenders, and have slowly come to realize that events
that occurred fifty years ago and thousands of miles away demand accomodation in our national
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a facet of
offical American memory fitted into the iconography of the Mall
in Washington D.C. This project explores the nature
of the Holocaust in the American consciousness culminating in the formation and development
Commission on the Holocaust in 1978 and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, along with
exploration of the physical and
emotional parameters of the museum and the exhibit it houses."
Memory Made Manifest: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum