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Crimes Uncovered: The First Generation of Holocaust Researchers Exhibition

You can visit the travelling exhibition during our regular opening hours (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday: 1-4PM and Sunday 11AM- 3PM) with your general admission ticket from 9 November 2022 to 29 January 2023.

AHMSEC is delighted to host this unique and timely exhibition. We honour the memory and contribution of early Holocaust researchers with the Crimes Uncovered: The First Generation of Holocaust Researchers travelling exhibition. 

This significant exhibition will open on Wednesday, November 9 to mark the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The exhibition traces the stories and the legacies of the individuals and institutions who worked during and immediately after the Holocaust to record and collect information of atrocities and bring perpetrators to justice.


Recovery of Emanuel Ringelblum’s “Oneg Shabat” archive, December 1, 1950. Warsaw, Poland
Photo credit: Yad Vashem

During the Holocaust, in camps and in ghettos, the incarcerated documented the facts and gathered evidence. After the war, in a variety of countries and organisations, this work continued, and attention turned towards prosecution of perpetrators and towards prevention of future genocides.

The collection of evidence and research was also an important aspect of the huge post-war task of tracing the missing after the Holocaust and has been a feature of the work of commemorative institutions ever since.

This exhibition reveals, amongst others, the stories of: Emanuel Ringelblum and Rachel Auerbach, whose Oyneg Shabbos organisation gathered and concealed evidence from inside the Warsaw Ghetto; Raphael Lemkin, who used the information he amassed about the atrocities of the Holocaust to develop the legal concept of genocide; Vasily Grossman, who documented the extermination of Soviet Jews; Alfred Wiener, founder of The Wiener Holocaust Library, who collected and disseminated evidence of Nazi activities from the mid-1920s onwards, as well as the Library’s Eva Reichmann, who launched one of the earliest projects to collect eye-witness testimonies to the Holocaust.

This exhibition will be on display at AHMSEC until Sunday 29 January 2023 and can be visited at the regular opening hours (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday: 1PM-4PM and Sunday: 11AM-3PM) for no additional fee.

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Crimes Uncovered is supported by:

The Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Education Centre acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation, past, present and future, and the continuation of cultural, spiritual, and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. AHMSEC stands on Kaurna land.

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