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Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Image of Bronja Meniuk, an orphan of the Holocaust who was granted permission and immigrated to the United States by plane on May 4, 1951.


Chaplain Samuel Blinder examines one of hundreds of "Saphor Torahs" among the books stolen from every occupied country in Europe.The National Archives is the international epicenter of Holocaust-related research. NARA holds millions of records created or received by the U.S. Government during and after World War II that document Nazi war crimes, wartime refugee issues, and activities and investigations of U.S. Government agencies involved in the identification and recovery of looted assets (including gold, art, and cultural property)—as well as captured German records used as evidence at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunals. We not only hold these records, we provide access to them.

Read more about records relating to Holocaust research, view a sampling of the most requested Holocaust-Era images, and review thousands of pages of digitized records relating to the Holocaust.

Featured Document

concentration-camp-prisoners-531291Never Forget: Remembering the Holocaust. By the end of World War II, the Holocaust had claimed the lives of over 6 million Jewish people—nearly two out of every three in Europe. A letter describing the concentration camp at Dachau, Germany, from Harold Porter to his parents is presented in memory of all Jewish victims of the Holocaust and other victims of Nazism.


Online Resource for Teachers



Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Morgenthau Holocaust Collections Project uses digital tools to share  primary sources about FDR’s response to the Holocaust.

"Investigating the Holocaust," an online resource that includes a short film series and K–12 curriculum on Nazi Germany, genocide, and justice

Selected Digitized Documents Related to the Holocaust and Refugees

Records of the War Refugee Board

Harry S. Truman Library

Records Relating to the War Crimes Trials at Nuremberg

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

Historical materials in the Eisenhower Library of interest to the Nazi War Crimes Interagency Working Group

Monuments Men and the Allied Effort to Save European Cultural Heritage

Eisenhower Library Records Relating to Nazi War Crimes

World War II: Holocaust, The Extermination of European Jews

Gerald R. Ford Library

Pool Report on President Ford's Visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau

Photograph of President Ford Placing a Wreath at Auschwitz in Poland

White House Photo Contact Sheets from the visit

"Buchenwald Concentration Camp Liberation - 30th Anniversary Proclamation"

President Ford's Remarks at Yeshiva Institute

Jimmy Carter Library

Contact sheet: President Carter, Holocaust Anniversary Observance, US Capitol

Ronald Reagan Library

President Reagan's Speech to Jewish Holocaust Survivors

Remarks at the Site of the (then) Future Holocaust Memorial Museum

Remarks on Signing the Genocide Convention Implementation Act

Remarks on Presenting the Congressional Gold Medal to Elie Wiesel

Reagan Library Topic Guide – The Holocaust

George H.W. Bush Library

Remarks at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, California

William J. Clinton Library

Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets - Collection Finding Aid

Photograph of President Clinton at the Holocaust Memorial Museum Dedication

George W. Bush Library

Remarks by the President on Days of Remembrance Observance

Remarks on the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Remarks by the President at the United States Holocaust Museum

President Obama press release

Statement by President Obama on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust-Related Records at the National Archives

Holocaust-Era Image Gallery

Holocaust-Era Art Provenance and Claims Records and Research

Holocaust-Era Assets: A Finding Aid to Records at the National Archives at College Park, MD - comprehensive Finding Aid by Dr. Greg Bradsher, senior archivist and World War II expert

The Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) Photographic Albums at NARA

International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-Era Cultural Property

“Safehaven Report Number Four,” NARA document that ignited the Swiss Banks/Nazi Gold investigations

The Mauthausen Concentration Camp Complex: World War II and Postwar Records

Digital and Microfilm Publications of Art Provenance, Claims and Financial Records

Records of the Interagency Working Group (IWG), created to  assist in implementing the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act of 1998, the “largest congressionally mandated declassification project in U.S. history.”  

Forced and Slave Labor Camps Bibliography

Visa Investigation Records of the Shanghai Diaspora Communities, 1946–51

CIA Report: The Holocaust Revisited: A Retrospective Analysis of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Extermination Complex

Hitler's Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence, and the Cold War  - Report by the Nazi War Crimes Interagency Working Group

Records Relating to Concentration Camps

Records Relating to World War II Era Refugees, Displaced Persons, Relief and War Crimes

Navigating Holocaust-Era Looted Cultural Property

National Archives Collection of World War II War Crimes Records

Remarks of Archivist David S. Ferriero, International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

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