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 videotaped survivor testimony and textual narratives.
Between 1945 and 1953, more than 80,000 Holocaust survivors immigrated to the United States. This website documents the experiences of six Holocaust survivors whose journeys brought them to the United States, and reveals the complexity of starting over.
Among the most personal and immediate accounts of life under Nazi tyranny are the many diaries kept by persons of all ages and backgrounds. In these journals, diarists recorded their private reactions to major events and life-changing incidents.
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s oral history collection is one of the largest and most diverse resources for Holocaust testimonies in the world. In addition to conducting interviews itself, the Museum actively collects interviews from individuals as well as other institutions.