A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

October 22, 2009

Pictures are everywhere. There are pictures in photo albums, pictures in  story books, there are even pictures on huge billboards on the highway and pictures in the newspaper.  In their own way, these different picture tell a story.  Whether the picture is an advertisement for a new product or a story on the front page of your local newspaper, there is a lot to be told.

In my english class we finished reading Art Spiegelman’s Maus I, My Father Bleeds History and Maus II, And Here My Troubles Begin.  Both are graphic novels (something I have never read before) and both are less than 170 pages each(also a plus).  It is amazing how much information you can get from just pictures!  In these books, the drawings were simple and the language was easy to comprehend. If Maus were a regular novel it probably would have easily been 500 pages and not nearly as interesting. 

Whenever I hear about the Holocaust I think about my junior year of high school. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a field trip to Washington D.C.  One of the stops on our field trip was the Holocaust Museum.  Out of all the tourist attractions in our nation’s capitol, The Lincoln Memorial, The Tomb of the Unknown Solider, Arlington National Cemetary, and so on, the Holocaust museum was, by far, the most eye opening and heart wrenching  thing to experience.  I couldn’t believe how a picture or an exhibit could create so many emotions in the people who were walking through the hallways. There was so much history and so many stories that were being told within the walls of that museum.

 It’s been a little over 8 years since that field trip and I wish I remembered more about it.  To jog my memory, I spent quite a bit of time on the Holocaust Museum’s website. link It’s not the same as being there, but there are a lot of pictures of the exhibits that are in the museum. Now that I am a little older and know a little more on the topic, I would really like to go back to the museum and see everything from a different perspective.

Pictures really are worth a thousand words.  The pictures in Maus and the images I remember from the Holocaust museum tell a story, and some of them give a voice to someone who no longer has one.  It is important that we share these stories with our families, especially children, so they can learn from it and prevent something as horrific as the Holocaust from happening again.

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One Response to “A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words”

  1. niemanr Says:

    It is awesome that having the entire focus of our ENG 384 class be on war and peace, we get to look closely and dissect World War II and the Holocaust. With this main focus we are lucky enough to review various texts, accounts, and videos all chocked full of information on a piece of history we, ourselves, did not eye witness. We are reminded of what a gruesome event the Holocaust was beginning with as early as age 10 perhaps, we continue to hear about it through middle school and high school. Many times, I believe, with its repetitive teaching we become accustom to letting it go in one eat and right out the other. It seems as if a piece of history so weighty cannot simply fall to that fate. I love that you went to the Holocaust Museum’s website and surfed around, as long as we keep an interest in this piece of history, and continue expanding our knowledge base, maybe we can prevent another event of this scale from being overlooked again. Additionally, giving such respect to those who went through it and who emerged survivors, and perhaps more importantly those who did not, means they did not die in vain.


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