New Mexico Holocaust Museum
New Mexico Holocaust & Intolerance Museum and Study Center
Throughout history, people have been victimized because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry and sexual orientation. While discrimination does not always lead to genocide, it invariably precedes it. In the Twentieth Century alone, genocides claimed millions of victims. The most insane abomination was the slaughter of over 6 million Jews, simply because they were Jews, and 5 million non-Jews.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, declared that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights" and that "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment."
See photographs that showcase what the liberators found when they entered the Buchenwald concentration camp. Some of the photos were taken by German Gestapo and SS troops. Learn how the Bulgarian government saved over 63,000 Bulgarian Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust. More photographs depict children working in different concentration camps. They were taken by German guards at the camps.
The Danish people, in concert with their government, smuggled Jews out of Denmark into Sweden, which was a neutral country that was not occupied by the Germans during the war. As a result of these efforts, only 289 Danish Jews were taken by the Germans.
Observe photographs that show the results of the medical experiments performed under the leadership of Dr. Mengele. They were taken by German and Russian soldiers. Exhibits of Nazi Memorabilia includes a variety of items including a German gun, Nazi flag, Medals and printed materials used by the Nazis.
The Armenian Church is the oldest Christian Church in the World. During World War I, the Ottoman Turks were unsuccessful in their attempts to force the Armenians to accept the Muslim religion. The Ottoman Turks retaliated by enslaving many Armenians and selling others to Muslims. Adolf Hitler said “ The world said nothing when the Turks killed the Armenians, so the world will say nothing when we kill the Jews”.
When the Japanese captured American soldiers in the Philippines during World War II, they were put into a forced death march of over 50 miles on the island of Corregidor with no water or food. Several Battalions from New Mexico were included in this event and many New Mexicans died or were held in terrible conditions and tortured.
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