Museums for tragedies like 9/11 face a new challenge: Visitors too young to remember

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Museums targeted on tragedy have the added problem of balancing the historical past with empathy. On the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Linenthal stated, there have been many and prolonged debates between curators and survivors and their households about what ought to go on view. For instance, he stated, the museum thought-about displaying ladies’s hair that was introduced from Auschwitz as an instance how our bodies had been mined. It was tough, however needed, the curators thought. “However one of many survivors, who misplaced her household, stated: ‘That hair may very well be my mom’s. You may’t show my mom in a museum,’ ” Linenthal recalled. After many discussions, the museum selected to make use of images as an alternative.