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Holocaust museum hopes visitors learn from the past

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SKOKIE, Ill. (FOX 32 News) - Beginning Sunday night at sundown, people of the Jewish faith all around the world began a day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust.

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, more than six million Jewish people were mass murdered by Nazi Germany. Survivors say Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day to remember those who died, but it is also meant to remind people that genocides have not stopped. They say it is our duty to make sure genocides stop.

Many people will mark the day by attending the Holocaust Museum in Skokie. It was founded by the local Holocaust survivor community. Employees say they hope visitors will learn from the past to help transform the future.

"We would like people to realize the value of learning from the past and to take those lessons which we try to teach here about combating hatred and prejudice so that together we can strive to make never again a mandate of our world," Susan Abrams, CEO of the Illinois Holocaust Museum said.

The museum is one of the biggest of its kind in the Midwest and is home to a rail car from Germany that is the exact kind that was used to transport Jewish people to death camps throughout Europe.

The museum also has about 70 Holocaust survivors as part of their speakers bureau. Those survivors speak with school children and other groups of people who visit the museum. Museum employees say having living history in the museum helps children understand the gravity of the situation.

Survivors who speak with children say they try to get one message across: to stop bullying.

"That is something they can comprehend. Later on they can understand more of the things that are going on in this world and interact and do something about them," Holocaust survivor, Ernie, said.

Ernie told FOX 32's Joanie Lum the museum is worth a visit.

'There are so many impressive artifacts here, some that are authentic and some brought in from collections. All of this is in one place," he said.

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