United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum "is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as the United States' memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust."
Yad Vashem: Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, is the Holocaust memorial of the Jewish people. Located in Jerusalem, Israel, Yad Vashem was established in 1953 by an act of Parliament.
Memorial Inscription for Zamosc, Poland (Yad Vashem's Valley of Communities)
Simon Wiesenthal Center: The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international center for Holocaust remembrance, and the defense of human rights and the Jewish people. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's mandate is a unique combination of social action, public outreach, scholarship, education and, media projects.
AMCHA Home Page: Located in Jerusalem, AMCHA, is the "National Israeli Center for Psychosocial Support of Survivors of the Holocaust and the Second Generation." AMCHA's Web site includes electronic versions of the Center's annual reports, as well as selected issues of the Center's AMCHA Link newsletter. "AMCHA is there to help, to understand, to listen." AMCHA provides the "opportunity for survivors and their families to unburden their hearts and know that they are not alone." (Note: This Web site is in Hebrew.)
Anne Frank Educational Trust UK: The Anne Frank Educational Trust UK is "a non-profit registered charity whose aims are to educate against all forms of racism and discrimination by explaining the history of Anne Frank and the Holocaust."
Anne Frank House: This Web site is for the Anne Frank House, a museum and memorial, at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. While hiding here, Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Nazis, wrote her famous diary, which has been translated into fifty-five (55) languages. The Anne Frank House is open daily, except for December 25, January 1, and Yom Kippur.
Anne Frank Center USA: The Anne Frank Center USA is a "not-for-profit organization that promotes the universal message of tolerance by developing and disseminating a variety of educational programs, including exhibitions, workshops, and special events. The mission of The Anne Frank Center USA is to advance the legacy of Anne Frank and teach the lessons of her time to educate young people and communities about the consequences of intolerance and the need to identify and challenge prejudice. [They] utilize the diary and spirit of Anne Frank, which provide unique tools, to inspire and empower the next generation to build a world based on mutual respect."
Anti-Defamation League: Founded in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is "the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry." The ADL's mission is "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike."
Beth Hatefutsoth — The Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora: Beth Hatefutsoth is "a cultural and educational institution providing multiple avenues of personal historical identification." The museum's hope is "that by sharing the unique story of Jewish endurance, new generations may find the key to their own." The museum's Web site contains several sections, including a virtual exhibition; a section on Diaspora communities; links to related sites; visual documentation; events; music; genealogy and family names; news; and education. Beth Hatefutsoth is "truly, in every sense of the word, a museum of the Jewish people."
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center: The El Paso (Texas) Holocaust Museum and Study Center was "established in memory of those killed by the Nazis, in honor of the survivors who endured the terrors and with respect for those who lost family and friends. The museum was founded on the hope and belief that by remembering and documenting the events, civilized people will prevent another Holocaust. The museum goals are to combat prejudice and bigotry through education and to remind the world of the value and dignity of human life."
Ghetto Fighters' House — Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum(Beit Lohamei Haghetaot): The Ghetto Fighters' House was "founded in 1949 by Holocaust survivors, ghetto fighters and partisans, who settled in the Western Galilee and set up Kibbutz Lochme Hagetaot on the main road from Acre to Naharia." At first, the Ghetto Fighters' House was primarily a documentation center; now, it is a museum, research institute, and education center. Individuals in the United States may be interested in visiting the Web site of The American Friends of The Ghetto Fighters' Museum, which is the American office of The Ghetto Fighters' Museum.
Holocaust Memorial Center: Located in West Bloomfield, Michigan, the Holocaust Memorial Center "documents the horror of [the Holocaust] and the events leading up to it, but also highlights the rich culture and history of a people, developed over 2,000 years, that was lost." The HMC wishes to "create a legacy for present and future generations to use as a guide for human behavior in maintaining an open, free society."
Izieu Children's Home (La Maison des enfants d'izieu) Memorial Museum: Presented in French and English, this site tells the story of the Izieu Children's Home — une tragédie juive dans l'histoire de France ("a Jewish tragedy in French history"). On 4 April 1944, the Lyon Gestapo, commanded by Klaus Barbie, arrested the forty-four (44) children and seven (7) adults at the home — because they were Jewish. One escaped, but the rest were murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Web site describes the history of this event, the museum association (L'association du musée-mémorial), and provides additional information.
Janusz Korczak Living Heritage Association: This Web site by the Swedish Korczak Association — founded in 1971 by Michal Wroblewski and affiliated with the Stockholm Teacher's College — uses scanned photographs and text to provide information about Janusz Korczak (1878-1942), a Polish pediatrician, author, and teacher who ran an orphanage in Warsaw. In the last days of the Warsaw Ghetto, Korczak — refusing all chances to save his own life — went to die with the orphans under his care in the gas chambers at Treblinka.
Portrait of Janusz Korczak (Janusz Korczak Orphanage, Warsaw)
Korczak: Arzt, Schriftsteller, Pädagoge: Individuals who know German will be interested in visiting the Web site, Korczak: Arzt, Schriftsteller, Pädagoge (Korczak: Physician, Author, Schoolmaster). (English documents are also available.) This site provides a variety of information about Janusz Korczak, as well as links to related sites.
Jewish Museum of Deportation and the Resistance: Founded by the Belgian Association of Jewish Deportees — Sons and Daughters of the Deportation. (U.D.J.B.) and the Jewish Central Consistory of Belgium (C.I.C.B.) — this Holocaust museum near Brussels helps visitors "understand how in Belgium nearly one out of two Jews perished during the Second World War. Furthermore, it is not only a museum about the deportation of Belgian Jews, but also about their resistance."
March of the Living Official Internet Site. This site describes the March of the Living which "brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to retrace the infamous death march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. The goal of the March of the Living is for these young people to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and to lead the Jewish people into the future vowing 'Never Again'."
Memorial de la Shoah — Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine: Presenting information in French and English, the Web site of the Memorial de la Shoah — Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine (CDJC) at 17 rue Geoffroy l'Asnier in Paris describes the CDJC's library; archives (with a catalogue of over one million items); photograph library; and, Book of Memory (and the ceremony at the Mémorial du Martyr Juif Inconnu) — as well as providing information on visiting the museum, archives, and library — and on contacting CDJC staff.
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation: "In 1994, after filming Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg established Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation with an urgent mission: to videotape and preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses. Today, the Shoah Foundation has collected more than 50,000 eyewitness testimonies in 57 countries and 32 languages, and is committed to ensuring the broad and effective educational use of its archive worldwide."
Swedish Holocaust Memorial Association: This article, Disowning the Holocaust, by Lucjan Feldman, describes the struggle by the Swedish Holocaust Memorial Association (SHMA) and the Association of Holocaust Survivors in Sweden to build a Holocaust monument in Stockholm, Sweden.
Sydney Jewish Museum: Officially opened in November 1992, the Sydney Jewish Museum of Holocaust and Australian Jewish History "is dedicated to documenting and teaching the history of the Holocaust so that these events will never be repeated." The museum offers many resources, including exhibition areas — and Holocaust survivors often act as guides: "Survivors in the museum offer visitors a unique oppportunity to hear personal stories of courage, sacrifice and survival."
Topographie des Terrors (Topography of Terror Foundation): The mission of Topographie des Terrors (the Topography of Terror Foundation) "is to provide historical information about National Socialism and its crimes as well as to stimulate active confrontation with this history and its impact since 1945. Moreover, the Foundation serves as an advisor to the State of Berlin in all matters relating to these issues." In addition, the Topograpy of Terror Foundation, which originated from a temporary exhibition project, "has had a long and eventful history. Its establishment was the result of an extended and controversial exchange of ideas, in which the unwavering support of social groups and individuals played an important role and put an end to the many years of repression and forgetting."
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre: This Web site is the home page of the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance (VHEC), whose mandate is to combat prejudice and racism by educating the citizens of British Columbia, Canada — particularly, students and teachers — about the events and implications of the Holocaust.
Vinnitsa Region Jewish Community: This presentation provides basic information about the Vinnitsa Region Jewish Community (VRJC) in the Podolia region of Ukraine. The VRJC has several functions, including supporting the elderly and sick Jews of the region; creating and implementing educational programs; revitalizing Yiddish language and culture; and, preserving the region's Jewish historical artifacts, sites, and monuments. The Web page also provides information about the VRJC's ongoing needs, and how interested individuals may help.
Yad LaYeled France: Yad LaYeled France is "the Museum for the Children About the Jewish Child During the Holocaust" and is a new addition to the Ghetto Fighter's House in Western Galilee, Israel. This Web site is for the Museum's "Children of Unknown Identity" division, which tries "to uncover the past and true identity of the Jewish children who were born between 1936 and 1945 and were left orphans at the end of the war." The division has archival material from Israel and Poland — and the Web site includes a listing of all of the orphanages and children's shelters active in Poland between 1945 and 1957 — but the goal is to include data on orphans from other European countries besides Poland. (Please note that this site is in French.)