The Holocaust Encyclopedia defines the Holocaust as “the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.” Why and how did the Nazis institutionalize the persecution of Jews and other groups? How did people survive and fight back? What is the significance of the Holocaust for civilization in the 21st century? Here are some websites that will help students and teachers in exploring these themes.
Arranged in a chronological format, the Holocaust Chronicle furnishes year by year coverage of the Holocaust starting from the roots of the Holocaust and continuing through the aftermath of World War II. You can also do keyword searches for specific events, places, or individuals.
Produced by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Holocaust Encyclopedia offers an easy-to-use alphabetical arrangement of articles on all aspects of the Holocaust.
The Holocaust History Project covers various aspects of the Holocaust through documents, essays, photographs, and recordings.
The Holocaust Wing of the Jewish Virtual Library contains useful articles, a bibliography, and relevant documents on the Holocaust. Of particular note are 36 Questions about the Holocaust from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Amidst the horror of the Holocaust, there were courageous individuals who risked their lives to help the Jews. Read the true story of Oscar Schindler at Oscar Schindler – His List of Life.
Remember.org: the Holocaust Cybrary features photographs and paintings, discussion boards, documents, and a look at several of the concentration camps. You’ll also find lesson plans and activities for students here.
Telling Their Stories: Holocaust Survivors and Refugees is a website that hosts interviews with ten survivors of the Holocaust. This is part of the Telling Their Stories Oral History Archives Project.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a huge repository of information on the Holocaust with various online exhibits and activities. Of particular note are the museum’s First Person Conversations with Survivors available through podcast.
The British Library has assembled a Voices of the Holocaust web resource, which allows us to hear the testimonies of Holocaust survivors who came to live in Britain during or after World War II. The same site also offers maps, statistics, and a glossary of terms as well as suggestions for students and teachers.
Hana’s Story – The Story of Hana and George Brady offers an interactive experience for students. By examining the articles in Hana’s suitcase, the story of the Brady family in Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust unfolds.
Another effort of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, the Holocaust: a Learning Site for Students uses artifacts, audio clips, maps, photographs, and text to help middle and secondary level students understand the Holocaust.
A fascinating interactive experience awaits students in The Secret Annex online. Wander around this 3 dimensional version of Anne Frank’s hiding place and learn more about Anne Frank and her family.
For Teachers: Teaching about the Holocaust is yet another effort from the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Check out the lessons, activities, and teacher guides available here and the online workshop, Teaching about the Holocaust.
Looking for documents, maps, photographs, video clips, or other web resources relating to the Holocaust? Chances are that you’ll find what you need at Holocaust Resources for Teachers.
Produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida, a Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust offers an overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through art, documents, literature, movies, music, and photographs. You’ll find a large number of lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school students on the Student Activities page.
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