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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.

Beginning on the evening of Wednesday, April 7, communities around the world observe Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and remember the victims of the Holocaust. The observance ends the evening of Thursday, April 8. Read more about records relating to Holocaust research.


Troops find loot hidden in church German loot stored in church at Ellingen, Germany found by troops of the U.S. Third Army. 4/24/45.  RG 111-SC-204899The 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. Here is a sampling of the most requested Holocaust-Era images.


Featured Document Display

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



Roosevelt Library

"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

Truman Library

Records Relating to the War Crimes Trials at Nuremberg

Eisenhower Library

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

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

Carter Library

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

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

Clinton Library

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

President Obama press release

Statement by President Obama on Holocaust Remembrance Day