The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, #USHMM, inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, #PreventGenocide, and promote human dignity.

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The history of the Holocaust shows that targeting an entire group has far-reaching consequences. It can lead to an increase in xenophobia, racism, and extremism throughout society. Learn about where antisemitism began and how it has evolved. ushmm.org/antisemitism/what-…
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#OTD in 1942 the Germans and their collaborators began rounding up Norwegian Jews. Celia Century (right) and her sister Berit (left) were two of the about 1,000 Norwegian Jews to escape to neutral Sweden.
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#OTD in 1941, the Riga ghetto was sealed, confining some 30,000 Jews. “We lived under conditions never imagined,” Holocaust survivor Charlotte Baum recalled. Within weeks, the majority of the ghetto inhabitants were shot in a nearby forest. encyclopedia.ushmm.org/conte…
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"We were starving, our heads were shaved bald, and we were weak from exhaustion, but when Lili sang she seemed powerful, strong, and beautiful. It replenished my supply of hope, the most precious commodity one could have in #Auschwitz," survivor Agi Geva. #WorldOperaDay
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Paul Rosenberg was a Parisian gallerist who had personal relationships with the likes of Pablo Picasso. When the Nazis swept into France, his collection was on their target list. Watch live today on Facebook at 9:30 am ET to learn about Nazi looted art and the plot to erase Jews.
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During the Holocaust, Hilde Jacobsthal worked as a childcare provider, nurse, ambulance driver for the Belgian resistance. As a nurse at the newly liberated Bergen-Belsen camp, she learned that her best friend Margot Frank and Margot's sister, Anne, had died there weeks earlier.
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Dazzling art and greedy Nazi leaders are only part of the story behind one of the greatest thefts in history. The plot to strip Jews of even objects of little value was a sign of a greater ambition—to destroy a people and rewrite history. Watch on 10/25 on Facebook at 9:30 am ET.
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80 years ago this month, the Nazis banned Jewish emigration from countries they occupied. This trapped some 163,000 Jews in Germany alone. The vast majority of them were murdered in Nazi camps and ghettos during the Holocaust. encyclopedia.ushmm.org/conte…
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In 1942, Paris policeman Théophile Larue warned his Jewish neighbors of an impending roundup of Jews. He arranged for them to escape to southern France and obtain false papers. Despite significant risk, he continued to help Jews throughout the war. encyclopedia.ushmm.org/conte…
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The Ovitzes were a family of 12 Romanian Jews who were deported to Auschwitz in 1944. Their short stature (due to a form of dwarfism) attracted the attention of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. As his research subjects, all 12 members of the Ovitz family survived the Holocaust.
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Polish social worker Irena Sendler collaborated with other Polish and Jewish rescuers to smuggle several hundred Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto. Even after escaping execution in 1943, she continued to work with the resistance until the end of the war. 📷: Yad Vashem
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As the head of the Kovno ghetto’s Jewish Council, Elchanan Elkes tried to lessen the impact of Nazi policies he was forced to implement. "I have been able [...] at times to scatter the black clouds,” he wrote #OTD in 1943. Learn about Jewish leadership of ghettos:
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Rose Valland worked at a Paris museum the Nazis turned into a sorting station for a massive art looting operation in France. Watch on Facebook on 10/25 at 9:30 am ET to learn how this unassuming curator turned spy and kept detailed records of art looted or extorted from Jews.
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You may know him for his theory of relativity and shock of white hair. #DYK that Albert Einstein was an early, vocal critic of the Nazis? The German Jewish physicist fled his country in 1933 and months later, immigrated to the United States #OTD.
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Eighty years ago, in the fall of 1941, the Nazi plan to murder the Jews of the General Government, part of German-occupied Poland, got underway. It was codenamed Operation Reinhard. As part of the plan, the Nazis murdered some 1.7 million Jews in 2 years. encyclopedia.ushmm.org/conte…
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#OnThisDay in 1941, a train carrying about 1,000 Austrian Jews left Vienna for the Łódź ghetto, the first in a major year-long deportation wave of German, Austrian, and Czech Jews to ghettos and killing sites in Nazi-occupied eastern Europe. Most did not survive the Holocaust.
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The Holocaust is a fact. Here are resources for educators.
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Selma Wijnberg and Chaim Engel met and fell in love at the Sobibor killing center. The young Jewish couple made a daring escape during the camp uprising #OTD in 1943 and fled into hiding. They survived the war and immigrated to the United States in 1957.
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Pediatrician Werner Catel was one of the architects of a program that led to the murder of 10,000 German children with disabilities. Watch live on Facebook today at 9:30 a.m. ET to learn about the deadly medicine inflicted by doctors and nurses. #DisabilityAwarenessMonth
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