Originally Posted by ErikaDP
I too visited Dachau with one of my sons when he was 12(he is almost 21 now). He was very interested in how a place that was the scene of such great atrocities was being preserved for future generations.
He and I both agreed that the site was very sanitized, but we also found that the photographic displays and the somber feel of the place was appropriate.
He didn't have nightmares, but he was very sad for a time for all of the people who died there and for their families.
We also visited Anne Frank's hiding place when we were in Amsterdam.
It was raining lightly that day and we had to wait in a long line. I asked him if he minded the wait, and he said no because it was nothing compared to what they had to do to try and save themselves from the camps.
If you're in DC, the Holocaust museum is a class act, or so I hear! I've been to several concentration camps, visited Anne Frank's house and the other holocaust museum in Amsterdam, East Berlin, and several other sad places....Mostly in high school, a couple in elem. school, btw. Great learning experiences
All that to say, I didn't feel the need to visit the Holocaust museum in DC but heard it was awesome.
But the Anne Frank story movie is excellent and age appropriate. The other one is The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom's story. Excellent....
Another movie is The Power of One. A story about life in South Africa during Apartheid. That movie gave me a lot of perspective as a middle schooler. Didn't hurt that Stephen Dorff was H-O-T!!!
And did anyone mention Swing Kids? Great one set in Germany on the brink of WWII, teenagers who danced to banned "swing" music, who chose to work for Hitler, who resisted, etc. Excellent--but I can't find it anywhere!!!! Waaahhh....