On World Refugee Day 2016, the Museum hosted a Special Naturalization Ceremony where many of the individuals who became American citizens originally came to the United States as refugees or under political asylum. The ceremony also honored the remarkable contributions that Holocaust survivors have made to their adopted country. This video, which was shared at the event, showcases a few of these survivors who volunteer at the Museum as they reflect on what coming to America meant to them and offer their advice for new citizens.
The Museum's Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive holds over 1,200 hours of historical film footage collected since 1994. This play list consists of private films from our collection focusing on liberation of the camps and life after the war. The first video in this playlist is a 20-minute compilation of clips from several donors. The compilation video is followed by the individual video clips that comprise it. The footage covers several countries, including Italy, Germany, and the United States, and documents the end of World War II, the liberation of prisoners from the camps, and their efforts to rebuild their lives during the postwar period). To learn more about our film and video archive, please visit http://www.ushmm.org/research/research-in-collections/ove... or search the collection at http://www.ushmm.org/online/film. We continue to collect film footage from survivors, liberators, and their family members. If you have film that you are considering donating to the Museum, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On May 4, 2016,, Representative John Lewis received #USHMM's highest honor, the Elie Wiesel Award, at our National Tribute Dinner during Days of Remembrance. Days of Remembrance is the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. People come together at events across the country to recognize the victims of Nazi persecution. It is a time to reflect on the lessons of Holocaust history, which teach us the dangers of standing by while others are victimized.
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.