“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…


Dr. Jacob Eisenbach April 28th, 2017 The Thaler Holocaust Memorial Fund would like to thank Jacob Eisenbach, our 2017 Yom HaShoah speaker, for telling his story at various venues in Cedar Rapids, including at Shabbat Evening Services at Temple Judah …


By RICHARD SANDOMIRDEC. 23, 2016 New York Times Marion Pritchard with Erica Polak, a Jewish baby she was hiding, in 1944. Credit Marion Pritchard, via United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Marion Pritchard, a gentile whose shock at watching Nazi soldiers …


Holocaust survivor shares his story in Cedar Rapids By Beau Bowman, KCRG-TV9 | Posted: Sun 10:27 PM, Apr 23, 2017 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — A Holocaust survivor shared his story in Cedar Rapids on Sunday night. Jacob Eisenbach spoke to …


‘I was at the darkest days, but I never lost hope’ Apr 18, 2017 When Jacob Eisenbach retired at age 92 from a career in dentistry, he could have relaxed and enjoyed time with his three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. …


Reposted from the University of Iowa Alumni Magazine Website For 70 years, Michael Bornstein remained silent about his faded tattoo and the seven months he spent inside the concentration camp. The University of Iowa graduate finally shares his story. Bolded …


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