The Museum’s collection is the basis for investigating aspects of the Holocaust and its lasting impact. There are many different ways that people can use the collection, in person and online, to learn about the Holocaust and conduct research.
The Holocaust provides a wealth of primary sources to examine how genocide unfolded in Eastern Europe. The Nazis spent years reshaping their government and constructing a society around the idea of racial purity. By examining primary source material, it is easy to see this progression. The following are made available (in English translation) for researchers, students, teachers, and anyone with an interest in this time period.
Large digitized collection of oral history interviews conducted by U.S. government personnel with Soviet displaced persons at the end of WWII; contains information about life in the occupied territories of the USSR.
As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter.
A resource of hope, the Red Cross has worked to trace and, if possible, reunite family members separated by every major war in this century. With access to World War II records, it is now possible to determine the fate of many more victims of Nazi persecution. The Red Cross can often assist in securing the documentation of forced labor or internment in a concentration camp, which is required when survivors submit claims for reparations or pensions from the German government. Each year, thousands of people turn to their local Red Cross chapter to request an international search for unforgotten family members.