1939 — Germany
The Holocaust is one of the darkest moments in world history. Systematically the Nazi's gathered together, tortured and murdered about 6 million European Jews and a total of 11 to 17 million people altogether. These murders were not in battle. Many of them took place in Concentration Camps with infamous names such as Treblinka, and Auschwitz. The records document what transpired. As Germany was defeated and the Concentration Camps were liberated, the condition of the survivors was noted with revulsion and anger. How could people treat human life with such disregard?
The Nuremburg Trials brought more horror to light. The results of testimony were so repulsive and atrocious that those receiving it were shocked and sickened. As the facts surfaced, the world was covered in a shroud of despair, for the victims, their families, and the survivors. FOOTNOTE, along with the National Archives, and the Holocaust Memorial Museum, have brought many of these records to light. The have been digitized, indexed and placed on the internet for public research. Through the study of Concentration Camp Records, as well as other content concerning the Holocaust, it is our hope that nothing like this will ever happen again!