Imagine a Christmas tree saving Jewish lives. This 1940 photo did just that. To promote his photography studio, Mosa Mandil took this picture of his children with a Christmas tree. With it, he later saved his children, and today the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is saving his memories. Millions of lives were scarred or destroyed by the Holocaust. But each individual was “one in a million.”
That’s why we are urgently trying to locate precious items like this before it is too late. Soon these stories and the evidence of humanity’s greatest crime will be lost forever.
· Each object helps refute the growing number of people who deny or minimize the truth of the Holocaust.
· Each testimony broadens our understanding of the Holocaust beyond the facts and statistics to the real life experiences of individuals … like the Mandils who narrowly escaped.
· Each piece of evidence helps memorialize those who were murdered, and identify those who were complicit in this horrific crime.
The Museum is in a desperate race against time in more than 40 countries on 6 continents to rescue Holocaust evidence now, before fragile artifacts and documents deteriorate and while those who remember can share their stories.
Your support is needed to sustain our critical work in this increasingly urgent race.
Help us raise $200,000 by December 31 to ensure progress in our global efforts to fight Holocaust denial, antisemitism and hate, and genocide.
Sara J. Bloomfield