Incident Summary:

11/18/2003: Unknown perpetrators set fire to CANDLES, a Holocaust memorial museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, United States. There were no casualties but the entire building was gutted by the blaze. On the side of the building "remember Timmy McVeigh" was written on the wall. Timothy McVeigh was executed in a federal prison near Terre Haute in 2001.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Terre Haute

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Holocaust Memorial Museum
Specific Description CANDLES, Terre Haute Indiana
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
A brick was thrown through the main glass door followed by an incendiary
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This incident took place right after 12:00 AM. Less than two years later, the museum was rebuilt.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Fire Destroys Indiana Holocaust Museum," USA Today, November 11, 2003.
"Fire Destroys Terre Haute, Ind., Holocaust Museum; Founded By Auschwitz Survivor," Associated Press, November 18, 2003.
"Holocaust Museum Rebuilt After 2003 Arson," Deseret Morning News, April 5, 2005.