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  • Alerting the World: Jan Karski

    2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jan Karski, one of the first to deliver eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust to Allied leaders during World War II.


  • Choosing to Act: Raoul Wallenberg

    The year 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, whose courage during the Holocaust saved tens of thousands of lives.


  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the few church leaders who stood in opposition to Adolf Hitler and his policies. Read an essay by Victoria Barnett about Bonhoeffer, spanning the years from the rise of Nazism until his death in the Flossenbürg concentration camp in 1945.


  • Memories of Courage

    Despite the indifference of many and outright collaboration of others in the murder of Jews, thousands of individuals, both Jewish and non-Jewish, took a stand against the persecution and killing of innocent people.


  • Personal Histories

    The items people chose to take with them as they fled Nazi persecution; a mother’s efforts to protect her child; the atmosphere in ghettos in the aftermath of roundups and deportations; conditions in cattle cars during deportation—these are among the experiences described in featured personal histories.


  • Rescue of the Jews of Denmark

    The autumn of 2013 marked the 70th anniversary of the rescue of the Jews of Denmark. The Danish resistance movement, assisted by many ordinary citizens, coordinated the flight of some 7,200 Jews to safety in nearby neutral Sweden.


  • Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

    The NBC miniseries Uprising raised awareness of the Warsaw ghetto and its resistance movement. Based on historical events, the film presented a fictionalized version of these acts of defiance. Collected here are some of the resources available on the Museum’s website to explore the history that inspired this miniseries.