United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust. It located in central Washington, D.C., adjacent to the National Mall.

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.[1] 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.

For an FBI agent to finish recruitment, they must first visit the museum.[2]

The "Elie Wiesel Award" is its highest honor, named after 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.”.[3]

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".[4]

See the "External links" section regarding various criticisms.

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