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Default  Posted: 9:11 PM, August 7th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It's an emotional experience---but given the maturity of your gifted 9-year-old, I suspect it will be okay, as long as you are able to be flexible if he (or anyone else in your group!) finds it to be overwhelming.

You've laid such good groundwork, and both of your boys are well aware of what occurred during the World Wars.

The Holocaust Museum humanizes the history---and some of the images are jarring. But they are jarring for adults and 13-year-olds, too.

The Museum's recommendation for an 11-year-old cut-off is relatively arbitrary and based on "average" kids--not kids who are gifted, well-educated on the topic, interested, and historically sensitive.

That said, I would expect the experience to profoundly affect all of you.

It hits hard, when faces are put to the atrocities.

But again, I think it hits all who have empathy.

I probably would've taken my son at 9. He, too, is gifted, and was weaned on history. It's his passion. But I would do so with a willingness to skip or exit exhibits.

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Default  Posted: 11:49 PM, August 7th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Caregiver... Many thanks for that link.
We will check that out before we leave for the USA.

Teach8... I have just been online and ordered tickets for this coming Wednesday.
The cost was only USD 1 each... Thanks for the heads up.

Still thinking it over...

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Default  Posted: 1:51 AM, August 8th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The platform is not the easiest to navigate. I think the Then & Now photograph and artwork is the easiest format to get what you might be looking for. There is a room of shoes. One room full of shoes representing one day of gassing. It certainly gives you a platform for the conversations that you might want to have.

I have used this website as a tool in the classroom. If you have any questions about it let me know via PM.

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Default  Posted: 8:38 AM, August 8th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We are American. One question my 11 year old asked and maybe you should be prepared for, "did America know this was happening, mom?" Of course, I had to say, "yes," and then you can imagine the questions that followed that I hated to have to answer for him. He was able to handle the horror of the museum but understanding the psychology behind it was a bigger issue for him. when it came to our own country. (For me, too.)

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