From the unfathomable actions that man can inflict upon his fellow man to tender acts of kindness that remind us we’re all human.

Surviving evil
Those who somehow endured give witness to the Holocaust that took millions of innocent victims

For some, Hitler's hate still attracts
There are more than 40 hate groups in the state, with neo-Nazi and white supremacist chapters in the bay area.

The invisible army
Americans of color fought and served and bled and died for their country.

 Photo gallery: Images of accomplishment
Americans of color serving their country

Propaganda papered over bias at home
Many black veterans remember World War II with pride for what they accomplished and anger for how they were treated after returning from overseas.

Help is a drop of water
"One day we are killing each other and the next day we are trying to save them"

Death marches
When the United States surrendered the Philippine island of Luzon on April 9, 1942, the Japanese captured 76,000 U.S. and Filipino prisoners, most of whom were sick, wounded or malnourished. The prisoners were forced to march 65 miles of treacherous terrain to Camp O'Donnell, a POW camp to the north.

Letters: Catching a train home for Christmas
I was a rifleman in the 89th Infantry Division stationed at Camp Butner, N.C. It was common knowledge that the division would be leaving for overseas duty right after Christmas, so two or three days before the company commander gave 48-hour passes to all who wanted them.

Medals of honor
No African-American soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II. In 1993 the Army contracted Shaw University in North Carolina to study whether there was a racial disparity in the way Medal of Honor recipients were selected.

Related Times coverage

They were pilots - and pioneers
They were the first black pilots in the U.S. military. They joined up to fight the war overseas, but they also battled racism and segregation at home. The American military was changed forever. And so were they. (July 26, 2005)

Leaving the world a better place
Victims of the Holocaust say that by teaching young people, it gives meaning to their own survival. (January 25, 2005)

Survivors of Torture: Germaine Pitchon
Garmaine Pitchon, 75, was sent to Auschwitz at 15. She and her husband came to the United States from Greece 50 years ago, and eventually moved to Florida. (March 2, 2002)

Anne Frank: Lessons in Human Rights and Dignity
Inspired by the writings of Anne Frank, this Newspaper in Education project examines ways to understand ourselves, analyze prejudice, and deal with conflict, includes activities and bibliography. (Sept. 13, 1999)

Remember we must
The constancy of memory envelops those who survived the Holocaust. And so these stories must be shared: "If you tell the story and tell it often enough, it may sink in," says one who can't forget. Here are the stories of some bay area survivors. (June 16, 1998)

Related Web sites

Tuskegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America's first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism.

African American History
A search engine and directory of sites for information

Face to Face
Face to Face explores what it means to be an American with the face of the enemy. These are real stories of fear, anger, hatred, loyalty and trust.

National Museum of American History: A more perfect union
During the opening months of World War II, almost 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them citizens of the United States, were forced out of their homes and into detention camps established by the U.S. government. Many would spend the next three years living under armed guard, behind barbed wire.

Auschwitz - Inside the Nazi State
Auschwitz is a physical place-the site of the single largest mass murder in the history of humanity. More people died on that one single spot than the British and the Americans lost militarily in the course of the entire war.

Berga: Soldiers of Another War
The Nazi imprisoned American G.I.s "identified" as being Jewish -- along with fellow G.I.s who "looked Jewish" or had "Jewish-sounding" last names. These G.I.s were forced to work alongside slave laborers from Nazi concentration camps.

U.S. Holocaust Museum
America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.

Florida Holocaust Museum
The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.