Special exhibition: SOME WERE NEIGHBORS

Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust

The English-German exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum addresses one of the central questions about the Holocaust:

How was it possible?

The central role of Hitler and other Nazi Party leaders is indisputable. However, the dependence of these perpetrators on countless others for the execution of Nazi racial policies is less understood.

Within Nazi Germany and across German-dominated Europe, circles of collaboration and complicity rippled throughout governments and societies wherever victims of persecution and mass murder lived.

Some Were Neighbors examines a variety of motives and pressures that influenced individual choices to act. These influences often reflect fear, indifference, antisemitism, career concerns, community standing, peer pressure, or chances for material gain. It also looks at individuals who did not give in to the opportunities and temptations to betray their fellow human beings, reminding us that there is an alternative to complicity in evil acts—even in extraordinary times.


  • 31 August 2019 - 18 January 2020, in the garden of the Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference, Am Grossen Wannsee 56-58, 14109 Berlin
  • the garden is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., from 1 November Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat./Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The garden exhibitions have no lighting. They are therefore only accessible until sunset.
  • free entrance!