Baby Shoes and holocaust

“holocaust” with a lower-case “h” means a mass scale destruction or slaughter especially by fire. The word is also historically associated with a Jewish sacrificial burnt offering. With an upper-case “H”, of course it means the mass murder of over six million Jews in Nazi Germany in the 1940’s. Synonyms for holocaust include words like annihilation, massacre, slaughter, mass murder, extermination, butchery, carnage, genocide, ethnic cleansing … you get the gist.

A few years ago now (yesterday when I wrote this blog), scrolling through my Twitter feeds, I noticed several tweets about the Gosnell trial. So, this morning I found myself thinking about all the babies that have been killed in our country through abortion. Those thoughts brought to mind an exhibit I had seen on a recent visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. I’m thinking maybe it was the last in a series of exhibits – at least it was near the exit. The exhibit was simple; it was an extremely large pile of shoes pulled from Holocaust victims. The shoe exhibit had a profound effect on me and on others as well as evidenced by many blogs on the subject – just search for, “U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shoe exhibit.”

A Baby Shoe Exhibit?

So … I got to thinking what effect an unworn baby shoe exhibit might have on peoples’ perception of abortion. What followed was a series of questions:

  • Would people send in shoes?
  • How much space would 54 + million baby shoes take up?
  • How many of the shoes would be boys? How many would be girls?
  • Would it be better to have a moving exhibit or a permanent one?
  • Logistically, how would you add 3000 + shoes to the exhibit each day?

An Entire Baby holocaust Museum?

Then I started thinking: “Really you could build an entire baby holocaust museum.” If it were modeled after the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, people would pick up a card that tells the story of a specific aborted baby and then get on an elevator that takes them to the fourth floor.

The Fourth Floor

Visitors to the baby holocaust museum would begin their tour by watching a movie that chronicles events that result in an entire population believing that unborn babies are sub-human and that highlights state-sponsored propaganda that legitimizes killing them. Other artifacts and photographs on this floor would document how our entire nation was activated to champion the mass killing of these “sub-humans.”

The Third Floor

Moving on down to the next floor, museum visitors would see replicas of abortion clinics and instruments. They might hear audio excerpts from an abortion experience and see ultrasound videos of babies in various in utero developmental stages. For an even more realistic effect, there might even be jars with baby parts or with entire babies found in clinics, like Gosnell’s, across the United States. Exhibits on this floor would also document abortion procedures that range from drug induced abortions to tearing or cutting a baby’s body into pieces to “snipping” the spinal cord like Dr. Gosnell did.

The Second Floor

On the second floor, visitors would see exhibits that address the possibility of responding to the baby holocaust in the face of mass indifference. They would see the faces and stories of people who tried to save babies despite strong opposition. From here, visitors would move to a remembrance memorial inscribed with the names of some of the abortion clinics. In this area, visitors would be able to light a candle and observe a moment of silence as they remember the slain.

Finally visitors would pass by the baby shoe exhibit as they exit. Like the U.S. Holocaust museum, this baby holocaust museum would bear witness to those millions who were killed; lead visitors to think about their responsibility for creating a more just world; inspire people everywhere to confront hatred, promote human dignity, and prevent genocide and sex-selection.

In Micah 6:8 (ESV) we see these words, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Praying that you will see some of God’s glory reflected in the image of a baby and that you will be moved to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.

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One thought on “Baby Shoes and holocaust

  1. This is amazing, and needs to happen! You have said it so profoundly and perfectly… to “bear witness to those millions who were killed; lead visitors to think about their responsibility for creating a more just world; inspire people everywhere to confront hatred, promote human dignity, and prevent genocide and sex-selection.” Education is so crucial yet they are so willfully blinded that someone needs to bear witness….that phrase “bear witness” has thoroughly resonated with me. Is anyone actively working on this project in some form? I would love to get involved.

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