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June 15, 2018  RSS feed
Culture

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‘Operation Finale’ doubles museum’s normal attendance

The public response to the Florida Holocaust Museum’s current display of Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann has been extraordinary, according to museum officials

Since the exhibit’s opening in February, attendance has nearly doubled. There have been visitors from Canada and all over the United States, coming from as far as Oregon, Colorado and Nebraska, as well as from cities all across Florida.

Operation Finale, which runs through July 15 at the St. Petersburg museum, is the first exhibition in the United States to offer an inside look into the capture and trial of the Nazi war criminal.

For those who have not yet seen the exhibition, the museum is offering free admission all day on Thursday, July 12.

Museum officials say not only the numbers, but the feedback has been enthusiastic.

One such visitor was a homeless woman who visited the exhibit about a month ago. Although she had walked past the museum almost daily, she had not visited the museum until then, taking advantage of the museum’s partnership with the library system (See related story, this page) “She was very excited to see the Operation Finale,” said Sara McDonald, the museum’s admissions and store manager. “After viewing the exhibition, she spoke with museum staff about how horrible the atrocities were and how the courtroom set up really made her feel like she was there.”

Included within the exhibition are some interactive pieces, including a question that prompts viewers to put a chip in a box that they believe answers the question in the best way. The question reads, “Which outcome of Eichmann’s trial is most significant?”

The options are:

•Israel having tried and convicted a major Nazi war criminal

• Survivor empowerment and publicizing the events of the Holocaust worldwide

• The execution of a primary engineer of the Holocaust

The second option has received the largest amount of chips. This idea of survivor empowerment and publicizing what happened during the Holocaust ensures these horrific events will never be forgotten, museum officials noted.

In addition to reaching people who visited the museum, the museum’s education team has travelled across the state to teach people about the Operation Finale exhibit and the Eichmann trial, reaching people in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Miami, and Sarasota.

The museum is located at 55 Fifth St. S., St Petersburg. For more information call (727) 820-0100 or visit www.flholocaustmuseum.org.


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