Previous Exhibits

Letters: 1938-1946

During the years of the Holocaust, as avenues of escape from Nazi persecution in Germany and occupied Europe disappeared, many European families found themselves separated -- on one side were family members safely living in the United States or England – on the other side, family and friends subject to ever increasing dangers were living under Nazi rule and the threat of extermination.

These letters were the only means of contact between parents and children, husbands and wives, friends and relatives who had been cruelly divided. As time passed and the hope of rescue grew remote, the letter writers continued to reach out to those they loved through their letters and postcards.

The letters on display are those written by family and friends in Nazi-occupied Europe. The letters sent to them are lost. Selected from collections of the Tauber Holocaust Library's archives, they provide an intimate view into the events of those years. Each letter is just one small part of a true story of real men, women and children trapped by dangerous events in a terrible time. The love, anguish, persistence, courage and heartbreak they express are a testament to each individual, the lives they led and those they lost.

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Stop Them Now: Pamphlets of the Holocaust Era

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Printed in London in 1942, Stop Them Now is a dramatic example of the pamphlets published during the Nazi era. Its descriptions of Nazi atrocities are accompanied by a frantic call for action: "Will the world allow it? Will YOU allow it? Means must be found to prevent it. STOP THE GERMANS NOW!"

Pamphlets have, for centuries, provided those who produced them with a quick, inexpensive method for disseminating news on contemporary issues. Informal booklets printed on cheap paper, the purpose of pamphlets was to quickly spread the word about current events of importance. Much like present day blogs or on-line activist sites that communicate via email, pamphlets seek to inform their audiences and to urge them to action.

As events in Europe unfolded during the years 1933-1945, hundreds of pamphlets, produced by scores of organizations, were published in several languages. Reports of the oppression of Jewish citizens in Germany appeared almost immediately after the Nazi party rose to power in 1933. As persecutions increased inside Germany, and later in occupied central and Eastern Europe, pamphlets took on an ever increasing note of desperation.

The pamphlets that were featured in this exhibit contradict the claim that no-one knew what was happening and that information about the suffering of millions throughout Europe was not available. Written and distributed by representatives of labor organizations in England, relief committees in Palestine, Jewish organizations in England and the USA, and occupied Europe’s governments-in-exile, these pamphlets are powerful reminders that information was available. They are evidence that efforts were made to raise awareness regarding the impending slaughter of European Jewry, but that their calls to action were not enough to stop the annihilation of millions.

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