Resources for Studying the Holocaust And Facing History

by Lynne Schalman and Steve Bergen
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Last revised 12/23/07

Holocaust Webquest: The year 1933 brought the National Socialist German Workers Party to power in Germany. The fascist leader Adolf Hitler put his Nazi party in motion with a detailed plan to exterminate the Jewish race. Germany was a modern and civilized nation; nevertheless, the "final solution" to the Jewish question was genocide. You will examine the stages of Jewish persecution during World War II and ultimately decide if any attempts could have been made to stop such a human atrocity.

Nazi Germany Through an Examination of the Holocaust presents students with the challenge of creating a newspaper with a special series of stories on The Holocaust, with reference to the "Denialists" and their arguments that the Holocaust did not occur. The series will include photos, interviews, and extensive documentation. The series will address the major issues in this controversy, and provide an objective analysis-- not only of the history of the Holocaust, but with references how it relates to our current situation.

Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights provides links to the study of genocide in regards to Armenia, Bosnia and the Balkans, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor,Hindu Genocide in Bangladesh,the Holocaust, The Sudan, Human Rights violations and Hate Sites.

Internet Resources on Genocide and Mass Killings provides links to the study of genocide in regards to Armenia, Cambodia, East Timor, the Holocaust (including links to primary sources), Rwanda and Burundi,Sierra Leone, Former Yugoslavia, and information about Genocide and violations of Human Rights.

Armenian National Institute states that it contains photo collections, a detailed chronology, sample archival documents, international affirmation and conventions, a survey of press coverage, and a guide to bibliographies.

Voices of the Holocaust is a collection of seventy taped transcripts of interviews conducted in 1946; survivors reveal their personal narratives through a series of interviews, some with audio recordings, maps and definitions .

Fortunoff Video Archives is a collection of over 4,000 videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust; the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is part of Manuscripts and Archives, at Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University.

German Propaganda Archive is a collection of links to anti-semitic material, war propoganda, visual material, speechs and writings by Nazi leaders and other links for further study.

 The Holocaust History Project is an archive of documents, photographs, recordings, and essays regarding the Holocaust, including direct refutation of Holocaust-denial.

About.Com List of Holocaust Resources provides a wide variety of annotated links about all aspects of the Holocaust. This is an extremely useful index page for getting started on a research paper.

I*earn project is another extremely useful master page index with a wide variety of annotated links designed specifically for students; topics covered include Holocaust, Antisemitism and Racism, Genocide and Human Rights.

A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust contains a terrific hypertext timeline, student activities and lesson plans, an extensive linking to background and primary sources. This is an extremely complete and helpful site.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook on The Holocaust contains an exhaustive set of links to The Holocaust, anti-semitism, The Final Solution, Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, Revisionism, pre- and post-Holocaust genocides.

The Holocaust Cybrary states as time passes, memory fades. The Cybrary of the Holocaust uses art, discussion groups, photos, poems, and a wealth of facts to preserve powerful memories and to educate scholars and newcomers alike about the Holocaust. This site has teacher guides, discussion boards, first person accounts, and virtual tours of the camps.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a special section on Teaching Resources including discussing the Holocaust with its historical and political context.

Museum of Tolerance Online Multimedia Center contains tens of thousands of photos, virtual exhibits, teacher resources, and primary sources. There is a timeline, glossary, 36 questions and answers about the Holocaust. The multimedia learning center contains text and photos about the Jews, the Nazis, WWII, Antisemitism and the Final Solution, Resistance and Rescue, the World’s Response, The Righteous, and After the War.