“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 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…

Articles

As a young girl, Ella Blumenthal’s family was murdered in the Holocaust. Now her incredible journey is being explored in a heartfelt documentary, I Am Here. By Nick MaslowJanuary 27, 2022 11:00 AMPeople Magazine “I tried to never talk about my suffering …

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As Germany observes the anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, witnesses of the Nazi era are dying and antisemitism is resurgent in Europe and the United States. By Katrin BennholdJan. 20, 2022NEW YORK TIMES BERLIN — On Jan. 20, 1942, 15 high-ranking …

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A documentary based on a home movie shot by an American in 1938 provides a look at the vibrancy of a Jewish community in Europe just before the Holocaust. By Nina SiegalJan. 3, 2022 AMSTERDAM — Glenn Kurtz found the film reel in …

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Paul Goldstein, whose studies were interrupted in WWII, became one of the oldest doctoral recipients in the world when he graduated last year from Israel’s Ariel University By RENEE GHERT-ZAND2 November 2021, 4:03 am Paul Goldstein is not the oldest person to receive …

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AP NEWS By ROD McGUIRKOctober 12, 2021 CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, who last year published his best-selling memoir, “The Happiest Man on Earth,” has died in Sydney, a Jewish community leader said. He was 101. “Eddie …

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