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January 25, 2022

Emaciated prisoners at one of the largest Nazi Concentration camps in Evensee, Austria.

The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was the genocide of European Jews during World War II. Between 1941 and 1945, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered some six million Jews across German-occupied Europe, around two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population.

In addition to Jews, Nazi Germany also engaged in the systematic killing of 11 million others, including POWs and those from different ethnic, social, political, or religious backgrounds.

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly voted to designate January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date coincides with the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, which occurred on January 27, 1945.

From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany operated more than a thousand concentration camps on its own territory and in parts of German-occupied Europe. in 1934, the concentration camps were run exclusively by the SS via the Concentration Camps Inspectorate and later the SS Main Economic and Administrative Office.

Liberated people emerge from the Mauthausen Concentration Camp located in Upper Austria where many horrifying human medical experiments were conducted.

Holocaust display inside the American Heritage Museum.

Within the American Heritage Museum’s “1944-1945 Liberation” exhibit we highlight antisemitism, Hitler’s plans of racial purity, global expansionism and the terrible concentration camps that were built where millions were murdered. As WWII neared its

end, Allies came across Nazi concentration camps filled with stick and starving prisoners. In every concentration camp, Americans, British, and Russians found appalling scenes and the bodies of thousands of prisoners. The M8 Greyhound on display in the “1944-1945 Liberation” exhibit was the same type of vehicle to be the first to reach the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp with a platoon of troops from Patton’s 3rd Army.

The “1944-1945 Liberation” exhibit inside the American Heritage Museum featuring the M8 Greyhound.

​“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”–George Santayana

If you would like to learn more about the Holocaust, please visit the American Heritage Museum. For additional reading see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust
https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/the-holocaust
https://www.ushmm.org/

 

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Saturday, January 29th - MUSEUM CLOSED DUE TO SNOWSTORM

The American Heritage Museum is closed today due to the Nor'easter snow storm currently being experienced in the region. We anticipate reopening on Sunday, January 30th from 10am to 5pm if all conditions improve.