About this project: “Using cutting-edge technology, we uncover the truth about cultural genocide and mass killings: to ensure that the stories of all who were victims are shared and to demonstrate where racial hatred and intolerance can lead."
Before the Holocaust, Jewish cemeteries were at the heart of Jewish communities, as places where history was preserved and remembered.
During the Holocaust, the Nazis saw them as physical and symbolic expressions of Jewish culture. In an attempt to erase all traces of Jewish people, tombstones were toppled, graves desecrated, bones removed, and funerary houses looted.
Not content with inflicting physical damage, the Nazis sometimes used cemeteries as execution sites, with mass graves excavated for (and sometimes by) those killed.
- Piaski: Anna Świetlicka Eyewitness Testimony
- Oświęcim: Social Action
- Publication: The Archaeology of Cultural Genocide
- Oświęcim: Camp Judenfreidhof
- “Poland has a huge hole in it”
- Piaski: Kurt Thomas Eyewitness Testimony
Stories of Survival
"To my dismay, when I arrived there, the cemetery was empty of all tombstones and in the middle was a dug reservoir holding water."Read my story
Jacob Hennenberg, Witness and Survivor
Building a digital museum
Learn about the incredible technologies we use to capture history and preserve it for the futureBehind the scenes