A group of University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) history students, including members of the Garna Christian chapter of the Walter P. Webb Historical Society and the Alpha Nu Upsilon chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, recently visited Houston’s Holocaust Museum on March 24.
Accompanied by History faculty members and/or club advisors: José Alvarez, Theresa Case, Aaron Gillette, Nancy Lopez, and Gene Preuss, the students were treated to a personal guided tour of the museum. The students watched a video of Holocaust survivors describing their personal accounts of having survived the Nazi death camps.
This was followed by a tour of the museum’s exhibits detailing anti-Semitism throughout the last two centuries and culminating with the Nazi’s Final Solution during World War II. Students also had the unique opportunity to engage with a Holocaust survivor via an interactive video. Everyone came away with a better understanding and realization of how racism, bigotry, and intolerance has plagued mankind and culminated with the genocide of millions of innocent people during the 20th century.