Each artifact in our collection has a story to tell. The Artifacts Unpacked video series takes you behind the scenes to learn about the objects the Museum protects and how they keep alive the memory and experiences of victims and witnesses of the Holocaust.

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  • The Star Badge

    The Star Badge

    As a teenager, Fritz Gluckstein was forced to start wearing a yellow Star of David badge in Nazi Berlin. It was a measure designed to segregate and humiliate Jews.

  • The Girl Scout Sash

    The Girl Scout Sash

    The Holocaust had taken a heavy toll on Ruth Hendel’s family and on her childhood. So when they arrived in the United States in 1944, nine-year-old Ruth embraced going to school and joining the Girl Scouts.

  • The Uniform and the Jacket

    The Uniform and the Jacket

    Otto Feuer’s prisoner clothing helps tell his story of being persecuted for being Jewish. The garments also speak to his resilience after liberation.

  • The Teenager’s Paintings

    The Teenager’s Paintings

    While living in hiding in Nazi-occupied France, Simon Jeruchim turned to art to provide a respite from his loneliness.

  • The School Pictures

    The School Pictures

    When it was time to go back to school for second grade, Yoka Verdoner found out the Nazis excluded Jewish children from public schools in German-occupied Netherlands.

  • The Olympic Torch Holder

    The Olympic Torch Holder

    More than 3,000 runners, including Austrian Jew Eric Frisch, carried torches from Olympia, Greece, to Berlin, Germany, to kick off the 1936 Olympics.

  • The Backpack

    The Backpack

    The Brust family could not carry much as they set out on their dangerous journey to escape persecution, dressing in layers and taking a backpack as they moved from place to place.

  • The Baby Clothes

    The Baby Clothes

    Priska Löwenbein was two months pregnant when she was deported to Auschwitz in 1944. Against all odds, she stayed alive and concealed her pregnancy.

  • The Violin

    The Violin

    The life of violinist Gabriel Reinhardt—and the lives of his family and community members—was upended when the Nazis escalated persecution against Romani people.

  • The American Family’s Record

    The American Family’s Record

    An American couple captured footage of Germany's annexation of Austria, providing a uniquely personal view of this historical moment and the upheaval that followed.

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