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IN APRIL 1993, a major new museum will open near the National Mall in Washington, DC, just 400 yards from the Washington Monument.
The museum will not be another grandiose display of nature's wonders or of human achievements. It will be instead a place for remembering and for studying one of humankind's darkest deeds.
In 1980, a unanimous act of Congress established the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and mandated the creation of a living memorial to the millions of victims of Nazi genocide. In keeping with the project's motto—"For the dead and the living, we must bear witness"— the council chose to build a museum and study center "to illuminate the future from the darkness of the past."
Physicians' Holocaust Behavior
A significant area of study at the museum will be the behavior of physicians in Central Europe during the Holocaust and how this knowledge can be used to
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