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I visited the Imperial War Museum and you should too

I recently visited the Imperial War Museum in London and you should definitely do the same!

 

It’s really easy to forget about the terrible things that happened in the past. We can easily forget because we focus on our daily lives, on the viral video of the moment or Kim K’s new selfie.

Well, that’s okay cause we have to go on with our lives, right? But I still think that sometimes we need to take a moment to remember what happened in the past.

What is the Imperial War Museum?

The Imperial War Museum focuses on conflicts, from World War 1 to the most recent ones. Like most of the museums in London, the entrance is free ~

The museum is quite big since there are 4 floors, each of them focusing on a particular topic. For example, you will find an exhibition about secret agents during the war! You can even follow the daily life of a family during World War 1. It’s absolutely fascinating!

Why visit the Imperial Museum?

You will find tons of objects in this museum: weapons from back then, tanks, posters, and so on. You can see the traces of the past it’s extremely interesting!

 

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I’m writing this article to talk about a particular subject though: the exhibition on the Holocaust.

We all know what happened during World War 2.

A crazy man took over Germany and decided to blame jewish people for everything that went wrong in the country. This mad man declared that the Aryan Race, blonde europeans with blue eyes, was the superior race. Everyone else was considered inferior, subhumans. Following the spread of this ideology, 5 to 6 million jews perished.  People usually forget to mention the other victims but 11 to 17 people of other ethnicities died because of nazism.

What can you expect to see in this exhibition?

How did a nobody, a man who dreamed of being an artist succeeded in persuading people to hate on jews? How did he convince them to burn books? To despise people who were different: black people, homosexuals, disabled people?

This exhibition on the Holocaust in the Imperial War Museum explains all of this. You can rediscover how Hitler was able to take over Germany, how nazism spread, how the Second World War started and what happened during the war.

 

It is extremely shocking to see videos of Hitler speaking in public, hear him say “We have to exterminate the jews” and see people stand up to cheer for him.

 

In this exhibition you can see pictures, videos and testimonies of people who experienced the war and the holocaust. You can also follow the development of what Hitler called the final situation: the extermination of jewish people.

There is a replica of the camp in Auschwitz, the biggest concentration camp and also extermination camp. With this replica you can follow what happened to the people who reached this camp, step by step. 

This exhibition is incredible but terribly sad.

To conclude…

I really wanted to write about this museum, especially when I see what’s happening in the world at the moment. With the elections in France approaching I just remembered how terrible it was the last time people made decisions based on hatred

Also, with Trump or North Korea, it is only natural to be worried about our world. Honestly no one knows what the future holds, but it would be great if we could just stop hating on each other. Oh and it’d be fantastic as well if we could prevent a third World War to happen…

Otherwise we would all be fool if we can’t even learn from the past.

 

So yeah, if you are in London, please go and visit the Imperial War Museum. I guarantee that you won’t regret it. You will surely learn many things and it is our history, after all! We have to remember it.

Infos

Address: IWM London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

Admission: 10am – 6pm

Fees: Free

Closest stations:

  • Lambeth North (Bakerloo line)
  • Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee and Northern lines)
  • Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo and Northern lines)

 

Until next time!

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2 Comments

  • Laura Mushu 23/04/2017 at 1:08 pm

    Hey you,

    You had an amazing idea to compare history to what’s happening today in France. And I think that the human being is repeating his mistakes from the past… But let’s talk about that museum. It really looks interesting, and I like the fact that it’s big enough to cover every aspect of the wars, even the darkest themes. I’d have been shocked to see the tapes of Hitler delivering speeches of hate, and yet we do have our modern mini Hitlers spread around the world, starting with France.
    I think it was a great idea to add the museum infos at the bottom of your article, you’re a professional now 😉

    Keep up with the good stuff, I love reading your articles!
    Take care x

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    • Joanna 23/04/2017 at 2:54 pm

      😀 “you’re a professional now” hahaha
      thank you <3

      Reply

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