Rail Car Unveiling, November 9, 2005
"It is impossible to see this car and not sense the terror and despair
felt by the millions of men, women and children who were placed into
such cars during the Holocaust. We believe this car will provide a
platform for telling the story of the Holocaust in a way that goes
beyond just words and pictures, making visitors understand on a deeper
level the horror of the Holocaust, the essence of which is that people
were completely stripped of their humanity, and eventually often lost
their lives, once they entered these cars."
Richard S. Hirschhaut,
Project and Executive Director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
July 24, 2007
The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Board of Directors witnessed the installation of this anchor artifact. It has been placed in a central location of the new building, securing its
position as the centerpiece of this powerful new institution.