yesterday i had class and a paper due by midnight, and david and i got into a big fight, so my day was destined to kind of suck. but i wanted to get out of the center for at least a little while, so i went to the imperial war museum with one of the political science classes here. i went through a ww1 and ww2 exhibit, and learned a lot about the causes of war, trench warfare, advances in warfare technology, etc. there was a huge, really obnoxious group of french high school students visiting the museum too, and in my attempt to remove myself from their proximity, i lost my own group, and so i went through the holocaust exhibit by myself. which was a huge mistake.
the holocaust exhibit was something i was looking forward to. i know that it's a weird thing to look forward to, but the holocaust is fascinating to me. mainly just because i don't understand how humanity could sink that low. it started off explaining how jews have been persecuted because their people killed Christ two thousand years ago. i read about how hitler used the jewish people as a scapegoat for Germany's loss of ww1, and i read about how slowly, they began to lose their freedoms. i wasn't allowed to take pictures there, but they had this really interesting timeline showing how over time, the loss of freedoms turned into persecution, and ultimately into genocide. i'm not going to go into details of the things i saw in that exhibit, mostly because i don't want to go back there in my mind, but it was a heart-wrenching and sickening experience. i left feeling very heavy and solemn. if you are planning on going to the holocaust exhibit, don't go by yourself, go on a sunny day, don't get in a fight with your boyfriend, and eat a large ice cream cone with sprinkles after.
i have a huge english test today that i am only semi-prepared for. which means that today all i will be doing is studying. no fun. i just might venture out for that large ice cream cone.