“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 Events

    Our Events

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

  • Our Stories

    Our Stories

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

  • Holocaust History

    Holocaust History

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


Rachel Goldman Miller spent much of her childhood in constant fear. As one of countless “hidden children” of the Holocaust, Miller had to conceal her identity from friends, neighbors and the authorities. Though she survived, her mother, father and three …


March 19 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PMNational Czech and Slovak Museum & Library presents: “From India to America: Routes of the Roma” will be the topic March 19 at the NCSML when historian Ian Hancock speaks about the history …


Decades after surviving the Holocaust, they realized they’ve been living just miles apart in the US: “I’ve had this picture for years, and I always wondered: where are the other people?” NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren shared this story in 2017. Click …


UI graduate Michael Weinstock was honored by Pope Francis for his assistance in finding the diary of a family hiding from the Nazis in WWII. Weinstock worked on telling the story of the Jewish family D’Urso’s father had rescued during …


By Harrison Smith December 30 Courtesy of Washington Post It had all started as a game. During World War II, when hundreds of Jewish children were hidden at chateaus in the French countryside, kept out of sight from the nation’s …


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