United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Related to the museum is the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, which was established by Congress in 1980 to lead the nation in commemorating the Holocaust and to raise private funds for and build the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Once the Museum opened in 1993, the Council became the governing board of trustees of the Museum, an independent establishment of the United States government operating as a public-private partnership that receives some federal funding to support operations of the Museum building.
The organization has been involved in forbidding free research and debate on the Holocaust, such as when it was involved in Romania in 2015 passing a "Holocaust denial" law. The website of the organization also has a generally supportive view on outlawing free speech on the Holocaust, but writing that this is not (for now) possible in the United States due to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The FBI sends all trainees to the organization, for private, guided tours of the museum and a class on "everyday law enforcement" in National Socialist Germany, presumably especially on the Gestapo. "A portion of the class at the museum is led by the program's creator, David Friedman, the Anti-Defamation League's director of law enforcement initiatives." [...] the FBI isn't alone. Nearly every federal law enforcement agency sends new recruits to the museum. The 90,000 who have been there since 1999 include agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Secret Service and U.S. Marshals, according to the Anti-Defamation League." See the article on the Anti-Defamation League regarding various criticisms, such as illegal mass surveillance of American citizens and support of Israel and associated Jewish supremacism. See also the article on the Gestapo.
The "Elie Wiesel Award" is its highest honor, named after the controversial Elie Wiesel.
The museum in 2017 declared that "the Holocaust" only refers to Jews and excludes all non-Jews. This despite that the presidential executive order which established the museum on invaluable federal land referred to the “11 million victims of the Holocaust.”
One criticism is that the museum to visitors shows misleading film clips and photographs from the liberation of Western Holocaust camps. Even non-revisionist historians now admit that these camps were not "extermination camps".
See the "External links" section regarding various criticisms.
As I observe young people in relativistic societies seeking an absolute for morals and values, they now can view the Holocaust as the transcendental move away from the relativistic, and up into the absolute where the Holocaust confronts absolute Evil and thus find fundamental values.—Michael Berenbaum, former director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- Binjamin Wilkomirski
- First they came…
- Hadassah Rosensaft
- Holocaust demographics: Early history of the number six million Jews - Including on usage of the number six in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- Holocaust uniqueness
- List of Holocaust memorials and museums - on the numerous other Holocaust memorials and museums in the United States and elsewhere.
- Why Romania had to ban Holocaust denial twice https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/07/27/why-romania-had-to-ban-holocaust-denial-twice/
- FBI sends agents to Holocaust museum https://money.cnn.com/2014/07/15/technology/security/fbi-holocaust/
- Anti-Gentiles Deny the 5 Million! https://codoh.com/library/document/4239/?lang=en
- Probing the Holocaust, The Horror Explained https://codoh.com/library/document/4056/?lang=en
- Holocaust Handbooks, Volume 15: Germar Rudolf: Lectures on the Holocaust—Controversial Issues Cross Examined 2nd, revised and corrected edition. http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?page_id=15