Holocaust Remembrance Day
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.
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)â€”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
Never Forget: Remembering the Holocaust. By the end of World War II, the Holocaust had claimed the lives of over 6 million Jewish peopleâ€”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
- Teaching the Holocaust with Primary Sources at the National Archives and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
- "Investigating the Holocaust" (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum)
- U.S. Policy and the Holocaust Refugee Crisis
- The SS Quanza and European War Refugees
- Analyzing a Writing Assignment by a Teenage Refugee in New York During World War II
- World War II resources page on DocsTeach
"Investigating the Holocaust," an online resource that includes a short film series and Kâ€“12 curriculum on Nazi Germany, genocide, and justice
George W. Bush Library
President Obama press release
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
â€śSafehaven Report Number Four,â€ť NARA document that ignited the Swiss Banks/Nazi Gold investigations
International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-Era Cultural Property
Records of the Interagency Working Group (IWG), created to Â assist in implementing the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act of 1998, the â€ślargestÂ congressionally mandated declassification project in U.S. history.â€ť Â
Truman Library Student Activity: Â Truman and the Holocaust
Truman Library Project Whistlestop Learning Unit: Â The Holocaust
Reagan Library Education Blog: Â President Reaganâ€™s Address at Bitburg
Nazi Looting Documentation: AOTUS Blog
The Monuments Men: AOTUS Blog
Robert M. Morgenthau: Forward with Roosevelt
Miriam and Me: The Beginning of an Archival Adventure: The Text Message
13 Rue Madeleine and the National Archives: The Text Message
Dr. Bradsherâ€™s series of Monuments Menâ€“related: The Text Message
Death register returns to Mauthausen, Austria: Pieces of History
Nazi Art Looterâ€™s Diary, Long Missing, Found and Online for the First Time: Pieces of History
Additional numerous Holocaust-related: Pieces of History
Finding Family in Images of Liberation at Buchenwald: The Unwritten Record