Mary Magdalene Just Stole My Banana

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The Beauty of Decay

On a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., as part of a research project for my Sophomore English class, I attempt to exchange the abstract of the classroom into a tangible experience. As a teacher I had visited the museum before, done extensive research on the Holocaust itself, and, at least initially, was merely a chaperon. That is, until I entered the shoe room and discovered that there is beauty to be found amidst decay....more