Objects in focus

The following objects provide an introduction to key topics of the time period. Please explore the objects and follow the links at the bottom of each page for a more in depth explanation.


  •  A broad understanding about key Holocaust related topics in a chronological order.
  • Explore specific artefacts as a gateway to detailed research about the Holocaust.

Before WWII

The Hitler Youth

The November Pogrom (Kristallnacht)


During WWII

Persecution using the Star of David

Propaganda at Theresienstadt


Children during the Holocaust

Life after the Holocaust

Refugee children

Our definition of the Holocaust 
The Holocaust was the attempt by the Nazi regime and its collaborators to murder all of European Jewry during the Second World War. This genocidal policy can be seen to have evolved during the war as the Nazi regime gained more territory, and as more Jewish people came under their control. It culminated in the so called ‘Final Solution’, the murder of six million Jewish men, women and children.

The Nazi regime had created policy and legislature to ostracise German Jews and those Jews living in other states occupied by the Nazi regime prior to the Second World War. They also instigated the events of the November Pogrom in 1938.

The Nazi regime also carried out genocidal policies towards those with mental and physical disabilities, Polish and Slav peoples as well as the Roma and Sinti people of Europe. Furthermore they persecuted other groups including gay men, Jehovah’s Witnesses, those seen as political dissidents and Soviet Prisoners of War.

Definition agreed by Board of Trustees, September 2013

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