Holocaust History

The Holocaust was the systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewery by Nazi German and its collaborators between 1933-1945. 

The Holocaust brought about the murder and eradication of millions.

Jews were the primary victims – six million were murdered. Roma and Sinti [Gypsies], the handicapped and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. 

Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi Germany.

“The road to Auschwitz was built by hate, but paved with indifference”

Ian Kershaw

Survivor Testimonies

The Witnesses to the Holocaust Archive features the testimonies of dozens of local survivors and other eyewitnesses to the Holocaust. This collection includes video testimonies collected in 1994 and audio testimonies collected in 2000.

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Resources

Our resources are suitable for grades 7th and up as well as adult audiences.

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Videos & Documentaries

View our selection of videos from past programs and our own documentaries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about some of the most common questions regarding the Holocaust.

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Misconceptions

Many people are surprised that some of the most popular beliefs about the Holocaust are actually misconceptions. Click to see some of the most common.

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Library & Archive

Our small library is dedicated to resources pertaining exclusively to the Holocaust.

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Timelines

The Holocaust took place over a 12 year period, learn more about the sequencing of events here.

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Bibliographies

Here you can find additional sources for recommended reading on a variety of major Holocaust topics.

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New Americans and the Memorial to the Six Million

In 1958, a small group of Holocaust survivors, most of whom had immigrated to Kansas City shortly after World War II, met with Sol E. Margolin, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center, to consider ways to commemorate the Holocaust. This meeting led to the formation of what they would call “The New Americans Club of the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City.”

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