When our class entered the Museum of Tolerance, I was anxious to learn all of the things that the museum had to offer. The learning began right away when our class received our tour guide. Our tour guide talked (too much) and gave us a large amount of information to take in. He started out by telling us the definition of tolerance. He said that tolerance is not agreeing with everyone, but the ability to accept everyone. He explained that people may have different views on things, but the people who show tolerance can respect their opinions, even if it goes against their own. He told us that people are surrounded by propaganda filled with stereotypes and the ones who believe it results in the racism and prejudice on our planet. He then told us that there are four groups of people in the world: attackers, receivers, friends, and bystanders. The attackers are the people who inflict damage on the receivers, receivers are the people who receive the damage from the attackers, friends are the people that back-up and help the receivers when in harm, and the bystanders are the people who watch as the attackers attack the receivers. He told us to keep all of this in mind when we go through the museum (we haven’t even gone downstairs yet) and try to find all four groups of people while walking through the Holocaust section and think why they were in that group. The museum is divided into two parts—the tolerance section and the Holocaust section. We first entered the tolerance section. Here, it focused on the racism, prejudice, and discrimination of modern history and of today. We first entered a room with screens all around. In that room, we could find a story of social injustice going on in the world at the very moment. After, we came to two doors, one was for people who thought they had tolerance and the other was for people who thought they did not. I enjoyed this part because it was a reality check for all of the students. Everyone tried to go through the tolerance door, but when they tried to open it, they found out that it was locked. It showed us that there is too much intolerance in the world which blocks the door from being opened. So, we all went through the dreaded door of intolerance where we then saw a video on words and how they affect the lives of many people. I learned that words can be used to persuade the human race in believing many things. The first thing that popped in my head was Hitler and how he brainwashed the minds all of the people of Germany and Europe during the 1930’s and 1940’s. After that, our class went into a room called the Millennium Machine. There we watched a video about the discrimination of women in countries around the world and it asked us questions about how much we knew about the subject. I was surprised about some of the statistics about women and it made me realize that there is still discrimination outside our country. I had no idea of the terrible things that women in other countries deal with and it made me have a greater respect for females. After finishing there, we went to a wall where we saw a number of crimes that were committed based on prejudice and racism. There, our tour guide told us to think of one thing: what changed in the attacker’s mind from their birth, to the time of the murder that caused him to do something like this? As I learned about each crime, I concluded that all of the murderers were born pure. They did not care is someone was different than them; they just knew that that person was a human being. However, as they grew they submitted to the racist and stereotypical propaganda that surrounded them, thus the people developed a hatred for that certain group of people. Following that we entered the Holocaust section of the museum. At the beginning, we each received a child who lived through the Holocaust and as we progressed through the exhibits we learned more about them. In the Holocaust section, we learned about Germany’s path leading to the Holocaust including the rise of Adolf Hitler. We learned the Hitler used the Jews as a scape goat to blame the loss in World War 1. Hitler began making big, dramatic speeches that persuaded the German people in believing the lie was true. Many Germans developed Anti-sematic beliefs because of Hitler; they were giving into his propaganda. Soon, the Nuremburg Laws were drafted which deprived the Jewish people of citizenship in Germany and things continued to get worse. Soon, the Final Solution went into action which was an attempt to eliminate all Jews in order to build a superior empire. Eventually World War 2 started but the Holocaust already began and Jews were being sent by the thousands to concentration camps all over Eastern Europe. One of the hardest parts to go through was the shower room. Our tour guide explained to us the selection process in dividing the people entering the camp. He said that people kids thirteen and under went straight to the shower room. Having a little sister at ten years old, it devastated me, thinking of how I might have felt if I was there and my sister got separated from us. I can imagine how confused she and my family would be, not knowing what was about to happen. That single part of the tour will stick with me for the rest of my life and I will never forget. When we finished the tour, I took some time to reflect on what happened. I realized that the Jewish people during the Holocaust were just regular people besides the fact that they were Jewish. So, this made me think. In the end, I concluded that although a person may seem to be part of a certain group of people, you can’t judge that person on that. Every person is different. To eliminate ignorance and racism, people must take the time to really get to know a person. My theory is that people are too lazy to do this so they use stereotypes to sum up others. This experience at the Museum of Tolerance has been a life changing experience in how I now look at things. I will remember it and cherish it for the rest of my life.