Illinois Holocaust Museum: At this thought-provoking museum, visitors follow a path that leads them from an explanation of the earliest stirrings of the Holocaust, through the genocide and then the aftermath. Museum-goers often are drawn to the center of the space to look at or walk through a full-size German rail car of the type used by Nazis to transport Jews to concentration camps.
Compared to that blockbuster artifact, it’s easy to overlook what at first appears to be a serene watercolor landscape. Much smaller than the rail car and installed on a hallway wall where it’s mixed in with other artwork, the painting depicts a vision of what the Nazis wanted the world to believe about the Theresienstadt ghetto and concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, which was that it was a retirement community for elderly German Jews, the disabled and World War I veterans.