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

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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…

Articles

HERO AMONG US Cedar Rapids, IA Coe College Documentary Screening Announced! 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. …

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When Michael Bornstein was just 4 years old, he stuck his arm out to show his identification tattoo to the Soviet soldiers who were liberating Auschwitz. One of the youngest recorded survivors of the Nazi death camp, Bornstein had undergone …

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By MAGGIE ASTOR APRIL 12, 2018 For seven decades, “never forget” has been a rallying cry of the Holocaust remembrance movement. But a survey released Thursday, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, found that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened …

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KCCK Radio – Culture Crawl 338 “Remembrance” April is Holocaust Remembrance Month, and in Cedar Rapids, the David and Joan Thaler Holocaust Remembrance fund brings a Holocaust speaker to the area each year. This year, Michael Bornstein and his daughter …

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By Ellie Silverman March 28 Email the author An inspector from the Dutch education ministry arrived at Johan van Hulst’s teacher training institute in Amsterdam on the morning of June 19, 1943. He noticed youngsters and, with SS soldiers standing …

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