Exhibit | Some Were Neighbors: Choice, Human Behavior, and the Holocaust

Nazi soldiers and German citizens standing over Jewish citizens in the street in Nazi GermanyThe central role of Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders in the murder of six million Jews is indisputable, but they did not act alone. The Nazis had help from millions of people across Europe. What role did ordinary people play, and why did so few help the victims?

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) Some Were Neighbors special poster exhibit challenges us to ask important questions as we reflect on the motives and pressures that influenced citizen’s choices and behaviors.


This UCI Libraries special poster exhibit was made possible by the Samueli Foundation. 

This USHMM exhibit is sponsored by the William Levine Family Institute of the USHMM and was made possible in part by support from The David Berg Foundation, The Oliver Stanton Foundation, The William & Sheila Konar Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Benjamin and Seema Pulier Charitable Foundation, Sy and Laurie Sternberg, and The Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990.


Visitor Information

Some Were Neighbors: Choice, Human Behavior, and the Holocaust was on display in the Langson Library October and November 2023.

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UCI Libraries' Exhibits Program promotes the diverse holdings and scholarly and cultural value of the Libraries' collections to the campus and community. For more information about special sponsorship opportunities, or to make a transformational gift to support special projects related to the exhibit please contact UCI Libraries Associate Director of Development Angelica Vogel at givetolib@uci.edu.