Holocaust Rails Exhibit Open

Sioux City’s new history exhibit “Holocaust Rails, Desperate Passage”


(SBA) - Visitors are invited to tour Sioux City’s new history exhibit “Holocaust Rails, Desperate Passage” at the Sioux City Railroad Museum at 3400 Sioux River Road.

The permanent educational exhibit is open to all ages in summer and fall Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sundays, 12 noon- 4 p.m., and on Wednesdays by appointment.

Holocaust Rails opened in May 2023 with a centerpiece railcar, wall displays and video testimonials explaining the mass transportation of Jewish people, Christians, and others to concentration camps during World War II.

The exhibit is an extension of Tolerance Week held every year to educate area students on the need for acceptance and appreciation of others. During the week survivors of concentration camps visit Sioux City to share their experience on the horrors of the Holocaust which saw the extermination of six million Jews in Europe. Its lessons on the dangers of bullying and hatred continue to ring true today.

Exhibit displays include an eternal flame, historical Auschwitz photos, personal accounts of the difficult rail journey, life in a concentration camp, a timeline of how persecution developed and videos of survivors who made it to Sioux City.

Also displayed are photos by Vernon Tott, a Sioux City native and military veteran, who helped liberate camp prisoners.