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The Holocaust

Holocaust Remembrance Day April 21st (a captioned online exhibit)

Anne Frank, the 13-year old Jewish girl, who along with her family hid from the Nazis for two years in a warehouse annex in Amsterdam. Her posthumously published, The Diary of a Young Girl, is one of the most famous books in the world and has been translated into 67 languages.

The St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center announced that construction will begin this year on a $35 million expansion to their facility, tripling their current exhibition space. The Museum is closed during the Pandemic, but you can visit their website, take virtual tours of their exhibits and listen to oral histories of Holocaust survivors-- including a Jewish doctor who helped liberate a concentration camp.

During the Pandemic,The National Emergency Library provides more than a million free online books, including thousands about The Holocaust, including all of the books mentioned in this exhibit.


Night and Fog is a 30-minute film about the Nazi concentration camps, considered by many to be one of the greatest documentaries ever made (ranking #4 in a 2014 Sight & Sound poll).  You can watch it streaming on the STLCC Libraries Kanopy database.  Warning:  graphic and disturbing images. 

An iconic photograph of World War II, depicting the final days of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  Jews in Warsaw, Poland resisted their Nazi occupiers for 11 months until finally they were overwhelmed.  The Nazis burned them out of their homes (many were burned alive), and deported the survivors to concentration camps, The young boy in the picture is often depicted as representing the six million victims of the Holocaust. The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the largest incidence of Jewish armed resistance during World War II.

Arbeit Macht Frei, German for "Work Sets You Free," a phrase above the entrance gates at Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps

Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, the largest of the Nazi death camps, where 1.1 million men, women, and children lost their lives.

 Elie Wiesel, wrote Night, a harrowing account of his internment in Auschwitz,as a teenager and his subsequent loss of faith in God and humanity.  For the remainder of his life, he bore witness to the evils of the Holocaust and became the voice that reminds us to "Never Forget."

Slave laborers at Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany at the time they were liberated by the U.S. army in April 1945. Elie Wiesel was among the survivors shown in this photograph, the seventh from the left in the middle bunk. After liberation, Wiesel went on to write more than 50 books, of which Night was the most widely read.  He later married, had a son, became a professor of the humanities at Boston University, and in 1986, won the Nobel Peace Prize. The New York Times published his "Prayer for the Days of Awe" in 1997 in which he reflects on his gradual reconciliation with God..

 Man's Search for Meaning by psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl, is another widely-read books by a Holocaust survivor (he spent three years in Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps).  Although Frankl is not without controversy, his book has provided many people with hope in times of darkness.

The Hall of Names memorializes victims of the Holocaust at Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem.

Yom HaShoah candle, lit to commemorate worldwide the martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust.

  • Picture Credits:
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  • Warsaw Ghetto Public DomainFile:Stroop Report - Warsaw Ghetto Uprising BW.jpg
  • Created: between 19 April 1943 and 16 May 1943 date
  • Arbeit Macht Frei photo KZ-Dachau Arbeit Macht Frei by Daniel Gasienica. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.
  • Auschwitz Birkenau  WallpaperFlare is an open platform for users to share their favorite wallpapers, all images in WallpaperFlare are for personal desktop wallpaper use only, commercial use is prohibited, 
  • Slave laborers liberated at Buchenwald concentration camp. photo credit: Pvt. H. Miller, Germany, April 16, 1945. 208-AA-206K-31, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

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