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Ruth Adler on Christmas

Ruth talks about her time with her foster family and celebrating Christmas. She was able to celebrate Hanukkah as well, but she talks about enjoying celebrating Christmas with the family and how she finally felt accepted.

Dina Gottliebova-Babbitt on painting in Auschwitz

Dina Gottliebova-Babbitt remembers painting a mural based on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" on a wall in one of the children's barracks at Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Poland.

Messages to the Future

At the end of each interview the Institute recorded for the Archive, the interviewer would ask the interviewee if he or she had a special message for future generations watching the interview. The survivors and other witnesses often spoken about such themes as forgiveness, the importance of individual action, and the need to teach children tolerance. Here are a few messages from the Institute's Archive.

Responses to Discrimination

Several people responded to active discrimination by helping the victims in different ways. This is a collection of clips highlighting testimony from survivors and aid givers themselves. One question that sometimes emerges in these clips is "what made you stand up to discrimination and racial intolerance?"

Encounters with Discrimination

A series of clips from survivors speaking about their experiences with personal as well as institutional forms of discrimination. These clips include testimonies from the European Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda collections.


A collection of clips from the Institute Archive that focus on interviewees describing particular feelings and emotions they experienced, such as fear, gratitude, and attitudes about others.

George Papanek on Making a Difference

Holocaust survivor George Papanek encourages people to "think globally, act locally," and work together to create a better world.


Possibly the most well-known example of these rescue operations involved individual British families agreeing to “host” children from Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic through a program known as Kindertransport.  Through this program, organized by Sir Nicholas Winton, an estimated 10,000 refugee children, most of them Jewish, were housed in the United Kingdom during the war.  These children were able to avoid ghettoization and camp experiences; in many cases, they were the only members of their families to survive the Holocaust.

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch on life as a displaced person

Anita remembers the incredibly difficult period she spent as a displaced person after being liberated from the Bergen-Belsen camp.