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Artifacts Unpacked

Every Artifact Has a Story to Tell

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 Stuffed Rabbit

    A prisoner in Theresienstadt managed to sew a toy for four-year-old Éva Erszebet Kiss, who held onto it for more than 70 years.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 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 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.