The Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas is dedicated to a very important premise of world culture, ‘lest we forget’. The museum’s goal is to collect, preserve and exhibit as many items as possible related to one of the greatest atrocities of world history.
On permanent exhibit is rare, round-roof railroad car used to transport Jews to Hitler death camps in Germany. Recently an engraved plate has been discovered providing further provenance surrounding the story of this 25ft long cattle-style boxcar believed to date from 1942. Documentation by a German railway museum curator is included in the display.
Another permanent exhibit is a 1942 Danish fishing boat used by Christians to rescue and transport Jewish refugees to safety in Sweden during 1943.
Other items on permanent display include 2 (30 minute length) films giving accounts provided by survivors living in the Houston area.
The Butterfly Project slated to open in 2013 will be dedicated to the memory of some 1 million children who were innocent victims of the Holocaust. Currently, the museum is in possession of 800,000 handcrafted butterflies submitted by children and adults. Information regarding how to make and submit butterflies for this project is available on the museum website.