As the world commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday nearly 70 years since 6 million Jews were murdered, new details of Nazi torture continue to emerge still today.
Images of starving children in striped uniforms and lines of people being led to suffocating gas chambers have become synonymous with these horrors, but researchers are still piecing together the extent of the cruelty Jews faced.
In March, scholars revealed that they had catalogued some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, a figure that far surpassed their original estimates.
“We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was,” Hartmut Berghoff, director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, told The New York Times in March, “but the numbers are unbelievable.”
About 500,000 survivors are still alive to share their eyewitness accounts, but as that community dwindles, a number of organizations are continuing to work to preserve the stories of those who were killed and those who survived, to make sure that the memory of the Holocaust always prevails.
Anne Frank was just 11 years old when she and her family went into hiding in a cramped secret annex. It was there that the precocious writer penned what would eventually become her world-famous diary. Though Anne ultimately died in Aushwitz, her words and the small house in Amersterdam where she sought refuge remain alive. Learn how you can support the Anne Frank House here.
Standing among our nation's most profound symbols of freedom, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., aims to educates its visitors about the horrors of the Holocaust and to inspire citizens and leaders to confront hatred, fight genocide and promote human dignity. Learn how you can support the museum's mission here.
After making "Schindler's List," Steven Spielberg founded the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. He collected nearly 52,000 video testimonials, the largest archive of its kind. In 2006, Speilberg joined forces with the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters to expand his mission to overcome prejudice through visual history testimonies. Learn how you can support the organization here.
Housing the largest amount of information on the Holocaust in the world, Israel's Yad Vashem museum focuses its efforts on commemoration, documentation, research and education. To help the museum continue to carry out its mission, consider making a donation here.
A global Jewish human rights organization, the Simon Wiesenthal Center teaches lessons about the Holocaust, while also challenging its visitors to confront anti-Semitism, hate, terrorism and to promote human rights. The Los Angeles- based nonprofit also has museum locations in New York and Jerusalem and its campus outreach programs targets colleges across the country. To support the Simon Wiesenthal Center, click here.