“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” Elie Wiesel


The David and Joan Thaler Holocaust Remembrance Site

The Thaler Holocaust Memorial Fund (THMF) was established in 1995 by Dr. David and Joan Thaler to provide
support for education about the Holocaust to residents and students at the local colleges in Linn County, Iowa.

  • Our Stories

    Our Stories

    A few of the stories of Iowans whose lives were changed forever by the events of the Nazi atrocities…

  • Our Events

    Our Events

    We strive to educate the public with our events programming, guest speakers and arts events…

  • Holocaust History

    Holocaust History

    The effects of Hitler’s attempt to eradicate the Jewish people are still felt today, in our community…


John Gualtier is living a quiet life in his hometown of Vinton, Iowa when a local schoolteacher discovers he has a secret: He is actually a decorated war hero. WWII Army Medic, Sgt. John Gualtier was a liberator of the …


2018 Yom HaShoah Michael Bornstein & Debbie Holinstat The Thaler Holocaust Remembrance Fund is proud to announce our 2018 Yom HaShoah Guest Speakers Michael Bornstein and Debbie Holinstat. The authors of Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young …


A Swiss diplomat has been credited with leading the largest civilian rescue operation of World War Two. But instead of being applauded for saving thousands of Jewish lives, he was reprimanded and – until recently – largely forgotten, as the …


By Philip Gourevitch January 5, 2018 There was nothing ennobling, in Appelfeld’s view, about surviving the Holocaust. There was a feral vitality, perhaps, but the damage and the haunting were forever. Photograph by Antonio Olmos / eyevine / Redux “I’m …


Unique program pairs kids today with kids killed in the Holocaust by Melissa Silverberg December 27, 2017 When Jodi Oldani opened her mail and saw photos of Israel and Jacob Byniecki staring up at her, she immediately started crying. The …


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