Museum Reflection

by Andrew Wynne

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Andrew is an American student spending this semester abroad at ACN. While attending the University of North Dakota in his hometown of Grand Forks, Andrew plans to pursue an engineering degree.

During the visit to the Nobel Peace Center and the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities I found myself thinking about peace and the history of the Holocaust in a much different way than I am used to. Even though it cost me a lot more money than I was otherwise willing to part with, it was still a great experience and I am glad I decided to go.

During the visit to the Holocaust museum I found myself most attracted to the actual building more than anything. It was interesting and hilarious that it was an old Nazi supporter’s house, and they put the museum in the house as a slam to the man who lived there.

During the tour I thought the approach of the facts given was very eye opening. As an American I am not used to learning about the Holocaust from a European perspective. I enjoyed how they started so early in history and tried to explain how something like this could have happened. It really adds a lot more to the story when you understand where all the hate was coming from, and that it was not just exclusive to the German people. Overall it was a great museum and I learn a lot of information and got a new perspective.

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At the peace museum I found myself overwhelmed with information about many different things. It was all good information but it was very hard to digest and retain all of the facts and stories being told to me all at once. I really thought the museum was set up very nicely, and it had a good flow of how it presented the information.

I thought that it was odd that they had such a large display on Gandhi; it felt like everyone else was a bit overshadowed by the vastness of Gandhi’s exhibit.

I still learned a lot about many of the different winners. The best information that I was given during the tour was about the European Union and its history. That was by far the most interesting and even inspired me to go home and look up a few other interesting facts on my own. For example, the EU’s flag has 12 stars on it for no reason at all. It was more or less because people were complaining about every other number presented.

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  1. Alex S. says:

    I liked this take on the museums a lot. I think as American’s we only get one side of the story when it comes to European affairs. We take an observer standpoint when it comes to things like the Holocaust because it wasn’t in our country. I think trips like these lend a lot perspective to what actually happened in history. I think that it is very important to be able to see different perspectives and in order to get a better world view and to be a better global citizen we must see the world through different lenses.

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