Lest We Ever Forget
The excerpts are from the Days of Remembrance commemoration held in Washington, D.C., on April 29 and 30, 1984. The commemoration events were organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, created by federal elected officials to organize the nation’s Holocaust remembrance events and raise funds for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which opened in 1993. Follow this link to see...
Push to open United Nations WWII War Crimes...
NEW YORK — The Associated Press is reporting exclusively today that researchers and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are seeking to open a long-closed archive at U.N. headquarters documenting 10,000 cases against World War II criminals. The archives belonged to the United Nations War Crimes Commission, which went out of existence in 1948, and have been closed to the public for 60...
Heroic Act of Resistance at Auschwitz-Birkenau
COLLEGE PARK, MD. — It was one of the most celebrated acts of resistance by a Jewish woman at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp: an actress stripped naked and about to be gassed pulled a gun from a notoriously brutal guard and shot him dead. A 33-year-old Polish timber merchant who was in charge of a filing system in his barracks told British intelligence about the woman’s...
Collecting Occupy Wall Street Ephemera
Our latest story takes a look at how several major institutions — the Smithsonian, the New-York Historical Society and others — are collecting ephemera produced by the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan recently approached activist Daniel Sieradski for a poster he designed for an Occupy Yom Kippur prayer service that was attended by...
Al Capone's Bureau of Prison file
From time to time, we will feature documents obtained during previous expeditions to the country’s most important archives. Click here or on the picture below to get highlights from mobster Al Capone’s Bureau of Prisons file that Randy obtained during a trip to The National Archives at San Francisco, Calif.
Runners-up in National Archives Contest!
Our entry for the “I Found It in the National Archives” contest was picked as a runner-up on Sept. 16, 2011. Our reward? Two copies of “Records of National Life: American History from the National Archives,” described by the archives as a “highly illustrated volume that takes the reader on a journey through American history” and features more than 800...