Atrocities happen every day, and if we don’t stay vigilant mass atrocities could happen again. Genocide isn’t simply something that happens in the past. It’s apparent that President Barack Obama agrees, as he delivered a major address at the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum last week discussing the administration’s strategy to prevent and respond to genocide and mass atrocities.
Located next to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and chartered by a unanimous Act of Congress in 1980, the Museum strives to broaden public understanding of the history of the Holocaust through multifaceted programs: exhibitions; research and publication; collecting and preserving material evidence, art and artifacts related to the Holocaust, among others.
It is supported by the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, led by Chairman Tom Bernstein, Vice Chairman Joshua Bolten, and Director Sara Bloomfield. The council also contains such members as Joseph Brodecki, Ken Mehlman, and Elie Wiesel.