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Hear the stories of the Holocaust survivors
who came to Wisconsin

Six million European Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazis and their allies during the 1930s and 1940s. This persecution of Jews is known as the Holocaust. As Nazi tyranny spread, millions of other people were also killed by the Third Reich.

About 140,000 Holocaust survivors came to the U.S. More than 1,000 eventually settled in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Historical Society archivists interviewed 22 Holocaust survivors and two American witnesses between 1974 and 1981. These oral histories are now available digitally and in their entirety for the first time, uncensored and unfiltered.

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Any document may be printed or downloaded to a computer or portable device at no cost for nonprofit educational use by teachers, students and researchers. Nothing may be reproduced in any format for commercial purposes without prior permission.

Special Thanks

This digital collection was created through the generous financial support of the Helen Bader Foundation of Milwaukee and private donors.