International Holocaust Remembrance Day


Please join us for this special day of commemoration

Monday, January 27, 2014

   

Meet a Holocaust Survivor

The Museum of Tolerance is proud to offer Holocaust survivor lectures everyday. These lectures are included in museum admission and are approximately one hour in length. Todays schedule:

1:00 pm Gloria Ungar
2:00 pm Agnes Kun
3:00 pm Edith Singer

   

Hitler's First Anti-Semitic Writing

The document, a 4-page letter signed by Adolf Hitler, dated September 16, 1919, six years before the publication of Mein Kampf describes his hatred of Jews outlining his plans which call for, "The uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether," which he says can only be accomplished "under a government of national strength and never under a government of national impotence." Hitler warns against an "emotional anti-Semitism which will always find its expression in the form of pogroms" and seeks rather "a legal ... removal of the rights of the Jew."

"What began as a private letter, one man's opinion, twenty-two years later became the 'Magna Carta' of an entire nation and led to the nearly total extinction of the Jewish people. This is an important lesson for future generations," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, Wiesenthal Center Dean and Founder. "Demagogues mean what they say and given the opportunity, carry out what they promise," he concluded.

 

   

The Greatest Generation

Located at the Liberation exhibit, this area is a tribute to the soldiers who liberated Europe. Inspiring visitors to share the enormous sense of freedom and relief felt by many prisoners upon their liberation, the showcase features a US flag made by inmates at Mauthausen Concentration camp. Among the original documents on display are Prime Minster Winston Churchill's speech, made on August 20, 1940, containing his famous quote: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” as well as President/General Dwight D. Eisenhower's book “Crusade on Europe” with the speech he made to the troops on D-Day. There is also a video display and personal memorabilia of American soldiers. 

   

Simon Wiesenthal's Office

Simon Wiesenthal's Vienna office including original documents, artifacts, furniture and books is one of the special additions to the Museum of Tolerance's permanent exhibits. It is the setting for a multimedia presentation on the life and legacy of Simon Wiesenthal.

 

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