The Holocaust (from a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire”) was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately 11 million innocent victims by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, who they deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.
But Jews were not the sole target of this vicious hate. German authorities targeted other groups for their perceived “racial inferiority”: Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals. Our exhibit and event seek to bring attention to the plight of these often forgotten victims.
“Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” – Yehuda Bauer
A photo and audio exhibit will be on display at the Central Library this month. Additionally, we will have survivors of the Shoah share their stories, show screenings of some of the most impactful movies about the Holocaust. This is an opportunity for us to stand as a community, as a city, a state and a nation against violence, to present a united front and “never again” allow such atrocities to occur to our fellow man.
About the San Antonio Public Library
For more than 100 years, the award-winning San Antonio Public Library has been a vital center for free learning, knowledge, communication, culture and enjoyment for the whole community. With a world-class Central Library, branch libraries throughout the city, and outstanding online resources, the San Antonio Public Library is as close as around the corner, the nearest computer or smartphone.
About the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio
The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio is dedicated to educating our community about the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Through our exhibits and educational programming we honor the memory of the six million Jews and other innocent victims of the Holocaust, and the inspirational legacy of those who survived.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank