Iraqi refugees in Erbil listen as Wassim Subie translates their words to Nancy Gillette at a video “portal” at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that allows live, face-to-face conversations from across the globe. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)
On a blustery Friday morning, Carolyn Rapkievian wrapped herself in a coat and gauzy scarf and walked a mile from her office to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She climbed to the second floor, stepped into a 16-foot-long, gold-painted shipping container, and settled onto a short wooden stool. It was the day after her 60th birthday.
On a balmy evening in Irbil, Iraq, a teenager named Sami left the cramped, one-room structure he shared with his family and made his way across the Harsham refugee camp to a small concrete building, where his brother and two friends sat in plastic chairs. Sami flopped down beside them and yawned; he had stayed up late …