“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

They stood by each other at Birkenau, married other Holocaust survivors, lived near each other in Alabama and remained close into their 90s. By Richard Sandomir Sept. 23, 2022 One day in 1944 at the Birkenau concentration camp in German-occupied Poland, …

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At the Czech & Slovak Museum & LibraryOctober 19 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM The History and Mysteries of Prague’s Jewish Quarter with the Author of Haunted Prague Prague is the most mysterious of places, one of Europe’s most hauntingly beautiful—and just …

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“The U.S. and the Holocaust,” coming to PBS Sept. 18, examines the reasons behind the country’s inadequate response to Germany’s persecution of Jews. By Joseph Berger Published Sept. 1, 2022Updated Sept. 2, 2022 A new documentary about the Holocaust opens with photos of …

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He was 16 when a fellow inmate, a magician, taught him a card trick in the barracks of the extermination camp. He called it a “miracle.” The New York Times By Richard Sandomir July 21, 2022 In the Auschwitz barracks where …

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She was a rare survivor who spoke — in recent years — of her same-sex relationship in the concentration camps, and how it sustained her. By Penelope Green May 27, 2022 Margot Heuman was 14 when she and her family were …

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