Survivor Stories

Honoring Holocaust survivors remains at the heart of our mission. By collecting and recording Holocaust survivor stories, we keep their memories and histories alive for future generations. By hearing their stories, we hope you feel inspired to stand up to injustice in your own life.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller

Martin Niemöller was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps

Holocaust Survivors Speak Out

Audio and visual recordings of hundreds of St. Louis area survivors have been preserved. Their stories provide powerful first-person testimony, bringing history alive.

Descendants of survivors who have passed away or who are no longer well enough to speak carry on the legacy of their relatives through compelling presentations.

Oral Histories

The oral histories project, orchestrated and funded by Vida “Sister” Goldman Prince, has compiled first-hand accounts from over 145 people with powerful stories from the Holocaust. Listen to these stories from survivors, liberators and witnesses in their own words.

“We are the resurrected ones who by sheer luck were given a second chance to live again normally and raise our families.”
– Sarah Klein, Holocaust survivor


The St. Louis Memory Project

This project provides another way for area Holocaust survivors to share their stories through the written word. Writing helps victims process their experiences and sharing them allows us to deepen our connection to them.


Video Testimonies

Please click here to view videos of survivors telling their stories in their own words.

Keep the Memory Alive

Help us keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and apply its lessons to fight hatred, promote human dignity, and stand up to injustice.

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