René Slotkin (né Guttmann) and his twin sister Irene Hizme (née Renate Guttmann) were born in Czechoslovakia in December 1937. During the Holocaust, they were deported with their mother from Prague to Theresienstadt before being sent to Auschwitz, where as twins they were subjected to medical experiments. René was liberated from a death march that had just left Auschwitz in January 1945, a little over a month after his seventh birthday.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory over the Nazis and the liberation of prisoners from Nazi concentration camps. Listen as survivors and veterans share their memories of liberation.
Through our comprehensive campaign, "Never Again. What You Do Matters," led by honorary chair Elie Wiesel, the Museum seeks to secure the resources to keep Holocaust memory alive as a force for change in today's world.
To address issues of genocide prevention, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council created the Committee on Conscience shortly after the Museum opened. The mandate of the Committee is "to alert the national conscience, influence policy makers, and stimulate worldwide action to confront and work to halt acts of genocide or related crimes against humanity."