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Holocaust exhibit on display in Mid-Michigan

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It was a dark time in history. One man on a quest to create what he called the "perfect race."

Now details of Adolf Hitler's plans are on display in Mid-Michigan.

Jay Martin, director of the Museum of Cultural and Natural History at Central Michigan University said the display includes Hitler's plans for experiments on human subjects, separation of children from families and experimenting on twins.

"It's haunting," he said.

During the Holocaust, unthinkable methods of medical experiments were performed. 

"They entirely based their research on what they wanted to find out and not if it was the right thing to do for human beings," Martin said.

CMU, partnered with the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., is teaching this generation the power and failure of Hitler's attempt to create the so-called perfect race. 

The deadly medicine exhibit at CMU opened its doors into the past on Wednesday.

"It's very interesting, but also very sad. It's something that happened in real life. It's not a story," said Jennifer Troost, a biomedical science sophomore at CMU.

First hand stories from survivors, a peek into the minds of doctors and propaganda takes you back to the age of the desire for a perfect race. 

"My favorite part of the history is the oral history where Holocaust survivors tell their story with amazing detail," Martin said.

The exhibit is also a tool to teach medical ethics to today's future doctors and scientists. 

"Today here at CMU we have very detailed standards to determine what kind of research we can use on human subjects. The Nazi essentially eliminated ethics and standards," Martin said.

It's a story that's dark, sad, but with a powerful lesson.

"I think one of the misconceptions of Holocaust museums is that they're entirely depressing. To me the stories of the survivors is a story of hope," Martin said.

The museum is located in CMUs Rowe Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit is intended for middle schoolers and older. 

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