12 Years That Shook the World

12 Years That Shook the World

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Today, Holocaust history shapes aspects of our lives—often in ways we don’t expect. “12 Years That Shook the World,” from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explores the continuing impact of this 12-year history, one story at a time.


Thousands of False Identities
Dec 18, 2018 • 14 min
From an office in Geneva, Switzerland, two friends—a Jewish businessman and the Salvadoran colonel who rescued him—manufactured thousands of false citizenship documents that protected Jews in Nazi-controlled Europe. This is the story of the largest…
Genocide, 1948
Dec 18, 2018 • 13 min
At the time of the Holocaust, there was no legal definition for an atrocity on such an enormous scale. And there wouldn’t be one for seven more years—until the United Nations adopted the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of…
What a Secret Archive Taught the World
Dec 17, 2018 • 17 min
Most of what we know about the Holocaust comes from Nazi perpetrator documents. One striking exception is the Ringelblum Archive: a massive collection of writings from Jews trapped in the Warsaw ghetto during the German occupation of Poland. Under the…
Welcome to 12 Years That Shook the World
Dec 14, 2018 • 0 min
Holocaust history reminds us that the unimaginable is possible, and that individuals have far more power than they realize.  Welcome to “12 Years That Shook the World,” a podcast from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examining the impact of…