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Our site is not the only one on the World Wide Web dealing with the Holocaust. Certainly an event of such tragic magnitude deserves as much coverage as possible from a wide variety of angles. Here are some other sites that you can visit for more information.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
World War II: The Homefront
Positive Holocaust Education
Shadows Arbeit Macht Frei
Cybrary of the Holocaust
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Ben Austin's Holocaust/Shoah Page
A. Kimel's Holocaust Understanding & Prevention
Holocaust Index Page
sites on Yahoo
There are also many books that you can read. Some that we used follow.
| The History and Sociology of Genocide:
Analyses and Case Studies
Frank Chalk and Kurt Johassohn
"The most painful question about genocide is, How is it possible for people to kill other people on such a massive scale? The answer seems to be that it is not possible, at least not as long as the potential victimes are perceived as people. We have no evidence that a genocide was ever performed on a group of equals. The victims must not only not be equals, but also clearly defined as something less than fully human." (pgs. 27-28)
| A Holocaust Cirriculum: Life Unworthy
Dr.Sidney M. Bolkosky, Betty Rottberg Ellias, and Dr. David Harris
"The official position of each Allied government (Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the United States) was to offer assistance to active political and/or military opponents of teh germans. This must be understood in order to grasp the policy pursued by the Allies regarding the murder of the Jews. The Jews were not a nation; the Jews were not a political force or political party; the Jews were not a unified armed enemy of Germany. Therefore, the Allies did not help rescue the Jews." (pg. 153)
| Problems in European History: The Nazi
"Although Nazism can thus be perceived as a universal event, or as the most strident example of a facist epidemic that has infested all of Western civilization, the focus here is deliberately confined to the national context of Germany following the First World War. After all, there is only limited value in speculating about some totalitarian typology until specific instances have been understood as the product of a certain time and place. The chronological distance between our own time and the Nazi years is now sufficient for such comprehension to be possible." (pg. xvii)
The Kingdom of Auschwitz
This book describes the origins and rational of the camp; the part it played in overall Nazi plans; the way it was built, expanded and run; the daily lives of its guards and inmates. It brings the reality of this evil place directly, vividly, accurately, movingly and clearly.
Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust
Susan D. Bachrach
Bachrach tells the story of the Holocaust as presented in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in brief, thematic segments illustrated by artifacts and historical photographs. Sidebars tell the personal stories of more than twenty young people of various social and religious backgrounds and nationalities who suffered or died during the Holocaust.
The Third Reich: The Apparatus of Death
by the editors of Time-Life Books
"The first of the crematoriums began operations in March 1943. Prominent guests came from Berlin to witness the special inagural program: the gassing and cremation of Jews from Krakow. The additional crematoriums were completed during the following three months. The four killing centers together contained a total of six gas chambers and fourteen ovens for cremating up to 8,000 corpses a day. Yet, with their steep roofs, dormer windows, stout chimneys, and tasteful landscaping, these one-story red brick structures resembled, at first glance, modern German industrial buildings -- large bakeries, perhaps." (pg. 154)
In Pursuit of Justice
by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
"This volume examines ten major aspects of the Holocaust using documents gathered as evidence for the numerous war crimes trials of the past fifty years. These themes provide the reader with a framework for studying the events that led to and compromised the Holocaust from the discriminatory laws of 1933 to the murder of millions during World War II. Most of the selected documents served as prosecution exhibits and, having therefore met strict "rules of evidence," their authenticity is beyond doubt. The trial at which each was introduced is noted and cross-referenced to the Trials Appendix. A few additional selections have been included to address facets of the Holocaust that were never subject to a war crimes trial." (Note to the Reader)
South Carolina Voices: Lessons from the Holocaust
by Linda Scher
This book is a teacher's Resource Guide. The guide is divided into three main parts: overviews, lesson plans and student handouts. It also includes primary source documents, a holocaust timeline, a glossary, and an annotated bibliography.
"In graphic detail, Martin Gilbert describes the series of reports that reached the wartime 'listening posts' in neutral Switzerland, in London, Washington and Jerusalem. He shows how the initial reaction to these reports was one disbelief, and it was not until the facts could be denied no longer that the search for avenues of escape bega: a search which, as he reveals all to clearly, was often blocked by Allied fears of a 'flood' of Jewish refugees who would have to be given shelter in the West."
Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory
"One sign of the movement's disturbing resonance is the rise of such figures as the Holocaust denier David Duke to national prominence. Holocaust deniers have also begun to makee common caust with radical Afrocentrists such as Leonard Jeffries of New York's City University, who retails racist myths about the Jews; and a recent campaign of ads in college newspapers calling for 'open debate' on 'so-called facts' about the Holocaust suggests a bold new bid for mainstream intellectual legitimacy. Lipstadt shows how Holocaust denial thrives in the current atmosphere of value-relativism, and argues that this chilling attack on the factual record not only threatens Jews but udnermines the very tenets of objective scholarship that support our faith in historical knowledge. Thus the movement has an unsuspected power to dramatically alter the way that truth and meaning are transmitted from one generation to another."
Auschwitz: True Tles from a Grotesque Land
"Writing twenty years after her liberation, she recreates the events of a dark psat which, in her own words, would have driven her mad had she tried to relive it sooner. But while she records unimaginable atrocities, she also richly describes the human compassion that stubbornly survived despite the backdrop of camp depersonalization and imminent extermination."
(quotes from book flaps where no page number is given)
Other resources can also help make the Holocaust more understandable by bringing it to life, such as the movies Schindler's List, The Wave, and Judgement at Nuremburg. The first, from Stephen Spielberg, is adapted from a book about a man named Oskar Schindler and his attempt to save Jews who he had employed in Nazi Germany. For a companion to the movie, visit this excellent web site. The second answers the question of why people would choose to be members of the Nazi party by showing the true-story of a high school teacher who created a group named The Wave and the power membership had over participants. Finally, Judgement at Nuremburg shows the difficulties at the end of the war in trying to deal with war criminals.
Another excellent resource is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The work that that we have done on this web site and the work that is done on their own is incomprable to the experience of visiting the museum and physically and emotionally feeling what it was like to be in the Holocaust, to be packed into a train like sardines, to walk through a camp, to fear for your life.
Thanks to all of the people who made this site possible
The people at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Rachel Smith, Sonoma State University Holocaust Study Center
Lee Raskin, Mt. Carmel High School
For the web site itself, we utilized many of the wonderful public domain scripts and graphics available.
Matt's Script Archive
Definitions in glossary from American Heritage Dictionary, various books and web sites, including the glossaries on L'Chaim, USHMM, and Wiesenthal. Most linked images and audio are on the USHMM site. The source of images and audio can be determined from the URL.
Site produced by Jordan Feil, Mike Dale, Kushal Dave for the Think Quest competition.