The South Florida Holocaust Museum has unveiled renderings for its proposed design. The new museum will be located in Dania Beach, Florida and is set for a 2020 launch.
The renderings are the work of architect Patrick Gallagher, who previously designed the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv.
When arriving at the South Florida Holocaust Museum visitors will be greeted by a Sherman tank, which was used in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. They will later have the opportunity to explore a Polish rail car that ferried prisoners to death camps.
Gallagher told the Sun Sentinel: “We are starting the story with the liberation, then we’ll begin to look backwards and get into the context of the rail car.”
The museum will be divided into sections with different themes such as “Life Before the Holocaust”, “Hitler’s Rise to Power”, “Resistance” and “Liberation”.
“We will have a core museum but we’ll also have a digital learning centre that will take the lessons of the Holocaust and translate it into ways young people can understand and cope with what’s happening in their lives today,” Gallagher said. “When they look at these events through the lens of the Holocaust, it will give them some sense of understanding of how this tragic event can cast a new light on their lives.”
The Holocaust Documentation & Education Center
The development of the $10m museum is the work of the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center. Its president, Rositta Kenigsberg, told the Sun Sentinal that more money needs to be raised for it to open by 2020 as planned. She said that work will be completed in stages as the funding is raised.
The center already owns the building and hosts private tours of the tank and rail car as well as Holocaust awareness programmes.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum and the UK’s National Holocaust Centre & Museum have both worked on pioneering exhibits that uses 3D holograms and voice-recognition technology to help visitors learn about the Second World War.
Images: Gallagher & Associates