In 1952, our fourteen founders met in Los Angeles. Each was a Holocaust survivor, and each had lost friends and family in the genocide. Now, thousands of miles away, they came together with a simple mission: create an organization devoted to meeting the needs of survivors and to passing on the lessons of the Holocaust.
We were the first organization started by survivors. Today, that organization is The 1939 Society. We promote Holocaust education and remembrance through our partnerships with non-profits and prestigious universities. Want to know more about our mission?Learn More
From its fourteen original members, The 1939 Society has grown in size and reach over the last half-century. In growing our membership, we’ve amassed a collection of awe-inspiring survivors’ stories—you can find them all right here.Watch Stories
Together we can help more survivors, and make sure more people hear their important stories. We can care for them now, and preserve their legacy for the future.
Browse around. Watch and read the stories of our members. Support our mission by donating or becoming a member today.Join Us