The Museum features rotating exhibits that draw on its own collections, as well as relevant traveling exhibits from leading institutions around the world in both its Senator John Alario, Jr. Special Exhibition Hall and Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery. These exhibits highlight WWII-related subjects not covered in the Museum’s permanent exhibits, as well as more in-depth coverage of subjects that are in its permanent exhibits.
Dimensions in Testimony: Alan Moskin
An initiative from USC Shoah Foundation, this installation records and displays first-person accounts in an innovative way, preserving the dialogue between those who lived through the Holocaust and audiences well into the future. This groundbreaking interactive “conversation” combines advanced filming techniques, specialized technologies, and natural language processing to create an interactive biography with Holocaust survivors, witnesses to genocide, and liberators. The installation on our campus, a beta version that will help USC Shoah Foundation to refine the experience, features US Army Sergeant Alan Moskin, who helped liberate Gunskirchen Lager concentration camp in Austria, with the 66th Infantry Regiment, 71st Infantry Division. Through the Dimensions in Testimony system, visitors will be able to ask questions to a digital projection of Moskin and hear real-time responses from previously conducted interviews. To learn more about Moskin, listen to his oral history in the Museum’s Digital Collections. Dimensions in Testimony will be on view in the Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery from February 4 to July 25, 2021.
SOLDIER | ARTIST: Trench Art in World War II
The National WWII Museum’s newest special exhibit, SOLDIER | ARTIST: Trench Art in World War II, takes an in-depth look at the military pastime of creating art, souvenirs, and tools out of discarded materials and the waste of war, a practice that yielded pieces known as "trench art." Featuring more than 150 artifacts representing the various forms of WWII trench art, as well as background on their origins and creators, SOLDIER | ARTIST offers a unique opportunity to see physical products of servicemembers' resourcefulness and ingenuity in the field. Curated by the Museum’s Tom Czekanski, SOLDIER | ARTIST will be on view in the Hall of Democracy’s Senator John Alario, Jr. Special Exhibition Hall from March 4 to November 14, 2021.