With the intention of using practical means to sensitize citizens about the horrors of the holocaust, a remake of a railroad cattle car used by the Nazis to transport Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust was on display outside Florida’s State Capitol building in Tallahassee on Monday.
Part of Governor Ron DeSantis’ initiative to combat antisemitism and promote Holocaust education, the boxcar was built in a way wherein visitors were given a 21-minute virtual experience that described the journey Jews made to Nazi concentration camps—for example, how 100 or more people were forcibly packed into the cars with no food or water, with slatted sides, a small window, and very little air.
DeSantis himself went inside the boxcar with about 40 people, and said of the experience, “You can talk about the 6 million people that were killed. We all know that’s terrible. You can read it on a sheet of paper, but what does that actually mean when you see the tragedy. When you can see videos, when you can see some of the artifacts.”
Soon afterward, he posted on Twitter, “Florida will continue to be a leader in Holocaust education and in fighting anti-Semitism. We will never forget.”