Survivors and their families at the Il'ino ghetto memorial, Il'ino, Russia, 2000.
Over 2.5 million Jews killed in the Holocaust were from the Soviet Union, yet their stories of persecution, displacement, and murder at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators remain relatively unknown.
This online exhibition shares the stories of Chicago-area survivors and their families through testimonies, objects, and photographs of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.
NOTE: The governments and borders of Eastern European and Baltic states changed frequently prior to and during World War II. In 1939-40 Eastern Poland, the Baltic states, and former Romanian territories were occupied and annexed by the Soviet Union. The names of states and places are given here as they were commonly used during WWII.
Please be aware this exhibition includes scenes of mass murder.