"Imperial War Museum’s World War II and Holocaust Galleries bring the horrors of war to life through personal stories and intimate details...The designers have spent more than five years on the project, processing the huge amount of material and working with the curators to draw out the stories and present them in the most appropriate, and compelling manner."
"Light is a major theme of the Holocaust Galleries. Designer Casson Mann resisted use of a darkened setting that might be considered to match the gravity of the material, and instead sought to create light filled galleries in the spirit of conveying full knowledge of the terrible events, and of bringing evidence into the light. The killings of Jews years before the horrors of the gas chambers were hardly happening in secret, as the front pages of many international newspapers of the time testify."
"Sensitive decisions were taken with key material. It was decided not to show the Leni Riefenstahl films glorifying the Nazi staging of the 1936 Berlin Olympics but instead show images of contemporary persecution of Jewish people. Rather than focus on the book-burning images of 1933, the designers included a bookcase with copies of some of the offending titles reinstated on the shelves. To tackle the frequent question of why more people didn’t try to leave before it was too late, there is a visual representation of the daunting amount of paperwork needed."
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