Desider Davidovitz arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau, June 6, 1944.

Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years, 1933 – 1945

Absence of Humanity Overview

Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years explores the historical context, the events and the aftermath of the Holocaust through photographs, personal memorabilia, and videotaped interviews with Atlanta-area survivors.  Designed by Ben Hirsch, local architect and Child Survivor, the gallery’s architecture reflects the unfolding persecution of Jews in Europe.

The museum’s Weinberg Holocaust Education Center offers age-appropriate curriculum and group tours of the museum, including programs in which Holocaust survivors speak to children. 

View a video introduction to the Absence of Humanity gallery.


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Holocaust gallery entry

Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years


Guided Audio Tour

A guided audio tour is available in the gallery through Guide By Cell. There is no cost to visitors except minutes! Guide By Cell is 100% self-paced; you control what you hear, and when in what order. You can also listen to the audio tour by using your home phone.

Hear a short explanation of each section of the exhibition by calling 404-946-0029. Wait for the prompt, then enter the number indicated (numbers 10-35 for Absence of Humanity), followed by the # key. Each audio segment lasts about 2-4 minutes.

Download a podcast of the Absence of Humanity audio tour


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Lola Borkowska (Lansky) after liberation from Bergen-Belsen,1945.

Lola Borkowska (Lansky) after liberation from Bergen-Belsen,1945.

Gallery Guide

Between 1933 and 1945, in Germany and other European countries, six million men, women, and children were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. These people did not die because they were soldiers in battle. Neither were they guilty of
any crimes. They died for one reason only: they were Jews.

View the Gallery Guide for Absence of Humanity. Requires Adobe Reader.

This twelve-page overview of The Breman's Holocaust gallery provides introductory information and photographs for each section of the exhibition.


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Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years.

Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years.

In 1939, they came. I think it was between August and September. They came exactly when it was the Jewish New Year, and hell broke out.—Clara Eisenstein