Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Beyond the Holocaust.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Paul Logan Journal Staff Writer

* Downtown museum dedicated to victims of genocide through the years

Robert Gonzales thought he had seen his share of suffering and death serving in the Vietnam War.

But after a visit to the New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum and Study Center, which opened Thursday, Gonzales admitted the powerful displays and photographs left him "with an empty feeling inside."

"This gives me a different perspective on life," said Gonzales, who recently moved to Albuquerque from California. "You don't feel so sorry for yourself when you see something like this."

The idea for the nonprofit museum began about 2 1/2 years ago, an outgrowth of a committee's work to establish the Holocaust memorial at Civic Plaza, said Werner Gellert, 74, museum board chairman and president. …

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