Stories of Liberation


Allied and Soviet forces steadily worked their way across Europe in pursuit of Nazi Germany and encountered extreme devastation from the hands of the Nazi party in their wake. Concentration camps, mass graves, and complete destruction greeted them in their pursuit as they freed survivors, administered health care, and collected evidence of what the Nazis had done in Europe.

An American soldier and liberated prisoners of the Mauthausen concentration camp.
Austria, May 1945. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Introduction Activity – Students explore aspects of liberation

Liberation Videos and Activities- Students learn about Survivors on the IHMEC’s Speakers’ Bureau and their first-hand accounts of liberation

From the Eyes of a Liberator – Activities about the experiences of Liberators of concentration camps in Western Europe

After Liberation: Rebuilding Life – Learn about the different experiences of Survivors after liberation



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