Inescapable irony: Holocaust museum in Illinois requires visitors to show vaccine ‘papers’

A Holocaust museum in Illinois is engaging in what many see as the ultimate irony: Requiring all visitors to produce proof of vaccination from COVID-19 before they are allowed to enter.

“To ensure Illinois Holocaust Museum is as safe as possible for visitors, volunteers, and staff, the Museum will require all guests ages 5+ to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter the building as of January 5, 2022,” says a notice on the website of the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

“Proof can include a physical vaccine card, a photocopy of the card, a digital record or app on your phone, or a printed record from a vaccine provider. Visitors ages 16+ also must show photo identification that matches proof of COVID-19 vaccination,” the site continues.

The website lists methods of showing vaccine ‘papers’ to include:

  • A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
  • An official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered or a photo/photocopy
  • A third-party app (such as Bindle) reflecting the visitor’s name, vaccine brand, and dates administered 
  • A digital or physical photo of a record that includes the individual’s name, vaccine brand name, and date the vaccine was administered.  

The irony stems from Nazi Germany when Adolph Hitler’s government increasingly persecuted Jews before the start of World War II and the implementation of his “final solution,” the systematic slaughter of some six million mostly European Jews.

“The government required Jews to identify themselves in ways that would permanently separate them from the rest of the German population,” says the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website in describing the legal means established by Hitler’s government to persecute the Jewish population.

The site adds:

In an August 1938 law, authorities decreed that by January 1, 1939, Jewish men and women bearing first names of “non-Jewish” origin had to add “Israel” and “Sara,” respectively, to their given names. All German Jews were obliged to carry identity cards that indicated their heritage, and, in the autumn of 1938, all Jewish passports were stamped with an identifying red letter “J”. As Nazi leaders quickened their war preparations, antisemitic legislation in Germany and Austria paved the way for more radical persecution of Jews.


In addition, as World War II neared and the German army captured more European territory, Nazi authorities required Jews to wear “badges” — often yellow Stars of David — on their clothing to identify them.

Adding to the irony, increasingly, left-wing voices including many elected Democrats are calling for non-vaccinated Americans to be ostracized and barred from full participation in society.

The irony at the Illinois museum did not escape several users on social media, including “Timcast” podcaster Tim Poole.

“The holocaust museum demanding your papers for entrance is the perfect way to explain to someone the definition of irony,” he noted.

Jon Dougherty


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