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Shoah: How Was It Humanly Possible?

Exhibition staged by The American Society for Yad Vashem, West Coast Region.

Monday, April 16 - Thursday, April 19, 2018
Congregation Sherith Israel, Newman Hall

First introduced in 2015 at the United Nations to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this San Francisco exhibition along with one in Los Angeles in January are inaugural West Coast events.

The exhibition unfolds in sections, each recounting a major historical aspect of the Holocaust.

  • The Jewish World in pre-Holocaust Europe.
  • Anti-Semitism in Europe and Nazi policy in Germany From 1933-1939.
  • Hardships of Jewish life under German occupation throughout Europe before the“Final Solution” with focus on life in the ghetto.
  • The industrialized deportations and exterminations at killing sites and in gas chambers including Auschwitz-Birkenau.
  • Liberation in 1945. Highlighting liberated prisoners from Nazi camps all over Europe and allied liberating soldiers; the historical significance for all nations of the liberation of Auschwitz and the subsequent end of the Holocaust and of World War II.

Public Exhibition Hours:
Monday, April 16: 12 pm-7 pm
Tuesday, April 17: 12 pm-8 pm; Survivor testimony at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, April 18: 12 pm-8 pm
Thursday, April 19: 12 pm-8 pm; Survivor testimony at 6:30 pm
Register for survivor testimony evening programs.
To schedule a viewing, contact
Tours of Sherith Israel's historic sanctuary also available upon request.
For further questions, contact Donna Elyassian at

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Jewish Family and Children's Services, the San Francisco Interfaith Council and Honig Vineyard and Winery.

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