“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…


The generation that endured Nazi death camps is especially vulnerable to the pandemic. Original post: New York Times By John Leland May 4, 2020 One got out of Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport train to Sweden, never again seeing his parents, …


“The most important thing in life is life itself,” Holocaust survivor Abba Naor told NBC News. See video at NBC April 29, 2020, 6:23 AM CDT / Updated April 29, 2020, 8:12 AM CDTBy Paul Goldman and Saphora Smith TEL …


Click for Video Link Tonight, as the world struggles to contain and recover from the novel coronavirus, we offer a story we completed just before life changed so dramatically. It is a story of history, hope, survival and resilience, which has …


Due to the potential impact of COVID-19 on public health, the Thaler Holocaust Memorial Fund has cancelled our event with Michael Bornstein and Debbie Holinstat. We hope to reschedule their appearance at an appropriate time later this year or next …


CBS NEWS Web Site Last month about 200 survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp returned to the site where 1.1 million people were murdered – Jews, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, gypsies, and others. Their ceremony, marking the 75th anniversary …


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