Washington, D.C. – day 2 – Jan 4

We’ve caught the Amtrak to Washington D.C. from New York and have begun to explore the other Nation’s Capital.

It was an overwhelming day – Julia and I took a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  http://www.ushmm.org/ It is very well presented and displayed.  I was overcome with a sense of grief that I have never felt before; a sadness at the futility of the events that led to and comprised the Holocaust.  Particularly confronting was walking into one of the train carriages that was used to transport many to their death.  As I walked in I felt a cold shiver down my spine like I have never experienced;  a mourning like no other.  And then it continued – clothes, luggage and personal items from the victims such as hair brushes… and the shoes, the shoes, the shoes… the stench of old leather in the air…  Julia and I confess that we began to feel ill and we didn’t make it through the whole display.  Just too much pain to see in one day…

For all victims of violence, past and present, may God unite them in the final victory over death and evil.  May God have mercy on us all.

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