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About the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

US Holocaust Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. It serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.

The Museum was established in 1980 by a unanimous Act of Congress and opened to the public in 1993. Federal support guarantees its permanent place on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.

Vision Statement
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

Major Museum Programs and Initiatives

  • Educating young people throughout the world through a multilingual Web site and social media as well as extensive teacher training.
  • Training societal leaders, such as law enforcement, judges, government officials, and the military, in ethical leadership.
  • Confronting the rising tide of antisemitism and Holocaust denial.
  • Addressing the threat of genocide today whenever and wherever it arises.
  • Supporting scholarship and research through the Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center
The Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center collects information about survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution, creates research tools and resources related to the personal experiences of these individuals, and provides free reference services to the public. The resource center provides access to the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database, which centralizes information from the Museum’s collections and includes millions of name lists and other personal records.

To learn more about the resource center, visit www.ushmm.org/resourcecenter.

Museum Collections
Central to the Museum’s mission are efforts to collect, preserve, and make available to the public the historical record of the Holocaust. Because the vast majority of the Museum's collections were created before the digital era, a major focus is on digitizing records to ensure preservation and future access. The Museum is also in a race against time to rescue evidence before it is too late, before fragile artifacts and documents disintegrate and while those who can remember and are willing to speak are still able.

Some key statistics about the Museum’s collections:

  • Meed Survivors Registry: 202,848 survivors and their descendants registered.
  • Archives and Photo Archives: More than 170 million pages of documentation related to more than 17 million victims; 85,000 historic photographs and images, of which 23,661 are available on the Museum Web site.
  • Art and Artifacts: More than 15,475 objects, averaging 5-6 new items a week.
  • Film and Video: More than 1,018 hours of archival footage; 220 hours of outtakes from the groundbreaking film Shoah; 1,050 research requests annually.
  • Library and Oral History: More than 90,000 items in 57 languages; 12,000 oral history testimonies; access to nearly 52,000 oral histories from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute.

For more information about the Museum, visit www.ushmm.org.