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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Last Updated on July 9, 2022, 10:02 am ET

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US Holocaust Memorial Museum, image CC-BY 2.0 by Karen Ebidia

January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, has been designated by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. ARL member libraries and archives hold vast collections of resources related to the Holocaust.

UC San Diego Library

The library hosts the Holocaust Living History Workshop, a monthly series that aims to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust while also emphasizing their continued relevance in the world today. Now in its 12th year, the workshop is a collaboration between the library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program.

The next virtual event featuring Anna Hájková, an associate professor of Modern Continental European History at the University of Warwick, takes place on Wednesday, February 17 at 5:00 p.m. PST and is free and open to the public. A video archive of many past events can be found on the UCTV Library Channel and in the UC San Diego Library Digital Collections.

Emory University Libraries

Emory University Libraries shared a blog post by librarian Paige Crowl, “International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Lessons of the Holocaust Continue Today.” In the post, Crowl reflects on a personal experience visiting the Museum of Tolerance, connects that experience to current events, highlights the role of libraries “to protect the truth from distortion and preserve the memory of history,” and provides links to related library and other online resources.

Harvard Library

The Harvard Law School Library’s Nuremberg Trials Project is an open-access initiative to create and present digitized images or full-text versions of the Library’s Nuremberg documents, descriptions of each document, and general information about the trials. The project provides access to materials from five of the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals: NMT 1 (USA v. Karl Brandt et al.), NMT 2 (USA v. Erhard Milch), NMT 3 (USA v. Josef Altstoetter et al.), NMT 4 (USA v. Pohl et al.), and NMT 7 (USA v. Wilhelm List et al.). Over 650,000 pages of documents and transcripts in the collection have been digitized.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

The National Archives is the international epicenter of Holocaust-related research. NARA holds millions of records created or received by the US government during and after World War II that document Nazi war crimes, wartime refugee issues, and activities and investigations of US government agencies involved in the identification and recovery of looted assets (including gold, art, and cultural property)—as well as captured German records used as evidence at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunals.

DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives, offers resources for teachers on Americans and the Holocaust, including:

New York Public Library

There are many personal and practical reasons for undertaking genealogical research in connection with the Holocaust. A January 22, 2021, New York Public Library blog post, “Getting Started with Holocaust Genealogy Research,” offers details on basic genealogy resources, general and geographic sources, offline sources, and finding personal perspectives of survivors.

Vanderbilt University Libraries

The Nürnberg Krupp Trial Papers of Judge Hu C. Anderson represent the experience of the presiding judge of Nürnberg Trial 10, formally known as Military Tribunal III: the United States of America v. Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, et al. Comprehensive in nature, the collection includes the daily transcript of proceedings in the courtroom and before the commissioner, prosecution and defense documents and briefs, judgment and sentencing, and Judge Anderson’s legal research. Additional materials include the judge’s notes about the trial, his personal correspondence, and legal documents from other Nürnberg trials.

Western Libraries

This winter, an exhibition and series of events at Western’s D.B. Weldon Library celebrate the life and work of Alma and Arnold Rosé, two musicians who fell victim to the Nazi regime in World War II.


To add your library’s resources or events, to this list, please email amy@arl.org.