06/16/2013 12:24 pm ET Updated Aug 16, 2013

Visit to Holocaust Memorial Museum

As journalists and associates, we cannot ignore the serious developments of the past and present. An example of that was shown on Friday, June l4, when a group from the International Correspondents Committee, part of the National Press Club, paid a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. It is always difficult to confront the Holocaust head on, but it is important. Wars and massacres go on today, but on a smaller and less systematic scale.

The Holocaust Museum is a very effective teaching institution. It is now commemorating its 20th anniversary, and is having an impact. It attracts thousands of visitors a year, and they come from many age groups and many parts of the world. It was amazing to see the long lines of visitors; especially those in their mid teens. They were quiet, respectful, and somber as they viewed the exhibits, photos, and films. They learned many millions were victims -- in addition to over 6 million Jews, Christians, Homosexuals, disabled, Gypsies, and others were starved, tortured, and executed.

The Memorial Museum is located on the Mall, near USDA and between 14th and 15th Streets. There is some side street parking, but it may be best to take the Metro to the Smithsonian stop. There is no charge for admission. Journalists and educators can contact media affairs, if they want more information during a visit.