chapter  4
Finding the Story in History • Leslie Bedford |
Pages 20

In 1983 the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opened Daniel’s Story: Remember the Children, an exhibition for children that tells the story of the Holocaust through the eyes of a young boy. Several years later, Lauriston Marshall, the museum’s former deputy director of exhibitions, recounted how one youngster had responded to the experience:

Some of my best memories are watching young people react to the history exhibits that we’ve done at the Holocaust Museum. Watching their responses to [it]—because we do have some places where kids or families, or adults, if they choose to, can interact and write things. . . . And I remember, it kind of made me come unglued at the same time, when I saw a note that was written by, I think, a 10-year-old girl named Charlotte. . . . We get many, many, notes. But this one I remember in particular. . . . It was addressed to Daniel, the boy in Daniel’s Story, through whose eyes you experience the history. . . . It said, “Dear Daniel, I feel so bad for you and your family and what happened to you. I wish I could bring them back. I think I’ve fallen in love with history.”1