Our History

What began as a protest against a Nazi bookstore in the Sunset District of San Francisco has become Northern California’s primary resource for Holocaust and genocide education. When the Holocaust Center opened in September 1979 (then known as the Holocaust Library and Research Center of San Francisco), the collection included 1,000 books and 200 documents, photographs, and artifacts.

The Holocaust Center has undergone many name and location changes over the years. Since 2010, the Holocaust Center has been a department of Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS), a human services agency that assists more than 78,000 people throughout the Bay Area each year.

Today, the JFCS Holocaust Center holds over 13,000 books and several thousand documents, photographs, and artifacts in the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives.

Watch the film below to learn more about the JFCS Holocaust Center’s origins.