Learn, Research, Contribute | USHMM

baltimore paperAre you a student, teacher, lifelong learner?

History Unfolded is an innovative project from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to learn and contribute to research.

“History Unfolded asks people across the United States to research particular Holocaust-era events in their own local newspapers. Some of these papers are available online, and others are available on microfilm in libraries and archives. While scholars have written extensively about coverage by major newspapers about the Holocaust, the reporting of local papers has not been heavily studied. As a result, the database into which participants (students, teachers, life-long learners) upload these articles will inform both the development of the new special exhibition and research for scholars in the future. Already, a few articles from citizen historians have made their way onto the story boards for the new exhibition.”

Learn more & participate:




Into the Magic Shop | new book & interview

dotyBrain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining. The backstory of James Doty’s passions is told in his memoir, Into the Magic Shop. In the summer of 1968, in the throes of a hardscrabble, perilous childhood, he wandered into a magic shop and met a woman named Ruth who taught him what she called “another kind of magic” that freed him from being a victim of the circumstances of his life, and that he now investigates through science. ~from onbeing.org


Introducing the Empathy Museum & Library

Step Into the Empathy Museum…the international traveling exhibition starts in London, and will be online too.

  • Check out the Empathy Library: “The Empathy Library is the world’s first online empathy collection and a treasure house for catapulting your imagination into other people’s lives. What might it be like to be a child growing up in Tehran, or to be born without sight, or to be a soldier fighting someone else’s war? The library takes you on these journeys into unknown worlds.”
  • Visit the Empathy Museum: What is the museum? Why do we need it? Who is behind it?
  • Read the book: Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It

Mr. Roman Krznaric is behind this work. Watch his TEDx talk: How to start an empathy revolution.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Holocaust film: Night Will Fall


Alfred Hitchcock, 1939. Photograph: Peter Stackpole/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images. CLICK for Guardian article on Hitchcock’s Holocaust footage.

When British and American troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps in the spring of 1945, film teams documented the experience.

Hitchcock was also involved in this work, but the project was “abandoned and shelved for 70 years because it was deemed too politically sensitive.”

Holocaust Remembrance Day • Commemorate online

HET 70 voices

Click to download “70 Voices” app from the Holocaust Education Trust.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27th. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of World War II. In 2015, we will experience events worldwide to commemorate the end of World War II. Online memorialization and remembrance is emerging. Here are ways to participate online:

Have you discovered other ways to commemorate and remember? 

Please share with us: visitmemorials@gmail.com

New Berlin memorial for victims of the “euthanasia” program


A new memorial to remember and teach about the 300,000 victims of the Nazi “euthanasia” program opened in September in Berlin. Located next to the Philharmonic and a short walk to Potsdamer Platz, the memorial is at Tiergartenstraße 4, which was the address for a villa at the edge of the park used as the administrative center for Aktion T4 — the Nazi’s so-called “euthanasia” program.

The T4 program murdered 300,000 “unfit” German citizens with mental and physical disabilities, and included forced sterilization. The Nazis used various killing methods, which ultimately led the planners of the Final Solution to use gas chambers in the concentration camps.