“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…


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 …


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 …


Her rich life, spanning three continents and 11 decades, entailed wartime espionage, volumes of poetry, songwriting and a late-career turn as a rock band’s frontwoman. By Annabelle WilliamsAug. 26, 2021NEW YORK TIMES Inge Ginsberg, who fled the Holocaust, helped American spies …


She played the accordion in the camp’s orchestra. Decades later, she spoke out against fascism and racism, using music as well as words. Esther Bejarano in performance in Hamburg, Germany, in 2010, accompanied by her son, Joram. She played in …


204 By Nina Siegal May 18, 2021 AMSTERDAM — They appear for less than three seconds in the film footage, faces distorted through the window glass. Small cherubs, staring out confusedly at a chaotic scene on the railway platform. In …


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