The Holocaust was the attempt by the Nazis and their collaborators to murder all European Jewry. Between 1933-1945, Jews living in countries ruled or occupied by the Nazis faced restrictions and persecution. By the end of the Second World War more than six million Jews had been murdered.
Retrace the steps of four people whose lives were irreversibly altered during the Holocaust.
Explore each person’s story through the possessions that meant the most to them – the seemingly everyday items that reveal details of incomprehensible events.
Learn about the physical and emotional journeys these individuals went on before, during, and in some cases after, the Second World War, and the wider impact the Holocaust had on their lives…
Each person’s story has been divided into three parts – People Object, and Journey. We invite you to click through to your desired section from the menu.
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The Nazis planned the mass-deporation of European Jews to extermination camps in German-occupied Poland. The Jews were forced to gather at local sites, such as a synagogue or town square, and then crammed onto freight or passenger trains, with limited or no food or sanitary conditions. Journeys often lasted several days, and sometimes they took a few weeks. Many of those packed onto these trains died during the journey to the camps through starvation or overcrowding.