In a visual society, the way we view and comprehend what is around us can often be taken for granted, and our relationship with objects and images can be fleeting and transitory.
This microsite aims to look beyond what we see on the surface. The items featured are seemingly commonplace, but through further exploration they reveal the harrowing journeys and heartbreaking experiences of their owners before, during, and in some instances after, the Second World War.

By tracing the journeys these objects have been on, it is possible to develop a greater understanding of the persecution experienced by Jewish and Roma people during the Second World War, as well as share previously unknown testimonies.

This unprecedented project has been embarked on by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) – the charity established by the UK government to promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK, and The National Holocaust Centre and Museum –  the world’s only place of Holocaust learning founded by Christians and an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Greece.

An enormous thank you to International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), The Leon Greenman Charitable Trust, and Arts Council England for their support in enabling this project to be realised.

We are also incredibly grateful to The Imperial War Museum and Kazerne Dossin for their support.

Please explore, learn, and educate.

To note:
Engaging with these stories and artefacts may prompt an emotional reaction. We can be motivated by these responses to think about the relevance of these stories today, and what we can do to make the world a safer place for everyone. You may wish to consider doing some or all of the following:

  • Tell other people about this site, so they can learn about Eda, Daniel, Julia and Julius too.
  • Make a commitment to always mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
  • Raise awareness about refugees currently fleeing conflict, persecution and danger.
  • Organise a fundraising activity for unwanted clothing and blankets to send to a refugee camp. (Visit for information on how to donate money or items.)


Οι Ναζί σχεδίαζαν τη μαζική εκτόπιση των Ευρωπαίων Εβραίων σε στρατόπεδα εξόντωσης στην κατεχόμενη από τους Γερμανούς Πολωνία. Οι Εβραίοι αναγκάστηκαν να συγκεντρωθούν σε κεντρικά σημεία, όπως σε μια συναγωγή ή στην πλατεία της πόλης, και στη συνέχεια στριμώχνονταν σε εμπορευματικά ή επιβατικά τρένα, με περιορισμένες ή καθόλου συνθήκες τροφής ή υγιεινής. Τα ταξίδια συχνά διαρκούσαν αρκετές ημέρες ή και ορισμένες φορές μερικές εβδομάδες. Πολλοί από αυτούς που στριμώχνονταν σε αυτά τα τρένα πέθαναν κατά τη διάρκεια του ταξιδιού προς τους καταυλισμούς λόγω της πείνας ή του συνωστισμού.