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Reference Books

Chronology of 20th-Century Eastern Europe History (REF 947.0009 C461)

Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Voices, and Viewpoints (REF 306.0973 C968)

Encyclopedia of World War II: a political, social, and military history (REF 940.5303 E563r)

The Holocaust Encyclopedia (REF 940.5318 H754wl)

Historical Dictionary of the Holocaust (REF 940.5318 F521)

Dictionary of the Holocaust: Biography, Geography, and Terminology (REF 940.5318 EP85)

Encyclopedia of German Resistance to the Nazi Movement (REF 943.086 EN19)

Historical Atlas of the Holocaust (REF 940.5318 H629)

Human Rights: A Reference Handbook (REF 323.4 R22)

The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (REF 940.5318 En19)

The Holocaust in Books and Films: A Selected, Annotated List (REF 016.94053 M891)

The Holocaust: An Annotated Bibliography and Resource Guide (REF 016.94053 H7415)

Research Guide for Holocaust Studies


"Genocide is the attempt to partially or completely destroy a particular racial, religious, or national group.
During World War II, the Third Reich embarked on a program of genocide by which they attempted to completely destroy European Jewry.
Six million Jews, the majority of the European Jewish population and about one-third of all the Jews in the world, were ultimately murdered.
This Nazi genocide has become known as the holocaust."

Source: Karesh, Sara E., and Mitchell M. Hurvitz. "Nazi genocide." Encyclopedia of Judaism, Encyclopedia of World Religions. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2006. Modern World History Online. Facts on File, Inc. (accessed March 2, 2011).

"...I should like someone to remember that there once lived a person named David Berger."

- - David Berger in his last letter, Vilna 1941

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Books related to the Holocaust have call numbers near 940.5318. These books are located on the upper floor, left side. Reference books (REF) are located on the main floor.

Consider joining Holocaust with terms such as art, fiction, literature, music, drama, poetry, biography, psychology, or with specific historic events and places (e.g. Kristallnacht, Auschwitz).


Online Reference Databases

Need to know more basic facts about your topic? Or just get a better understanding of the important aspects? Try one of these.

Modern World History Online
Topical entries, biographies, images and videos, maps and charts, primary sources, and timeline entries combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas -- a search of the term Holocaust will find articles and other material from authoritative reference works, including:
  • Encyclopedia of War Crimes and Genocide
  • Encyclopedia of Judaism
  • Encyclopedia of Political Thought
  • Encyclopedia of Terrorism
  • Encyclopedia of the Interwar Years: From 1919 to 1939
  • Encyclopedia of World War II
  • Great Disasters: Reforms & Ramifications

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Includes material from the following reference books:
  • Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
  • History in Dispute, Vol. 11 - The Holocaust, 1933-1945
  • Learning About the Holocaust: A Student Guide

Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion
From definitions to essays, this online resource covers Jewish theology, customs, laws and practices throughout history.

Encyclopaedia Britannica - Reflections on the Holocaust
A 5-part overview covering:
  1. Hitler and the Origins of the Holocaust
  2. The Holocaust
  3. The Allied Response
  4. The Christian Response
  5. Art, Meaning, and Memory

Points of View Reference Center
Designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. It includes articles, short books and chapters of books, biographies, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents, images and videos.

Primary Sources

EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History
Links to collections of European primary source documents (all have been transcribed or translated). All collections included are freely accessible, and are listed in chronological order by country. Try clicking on Germany or Poland or France, and checking the documents and photos available from the period 1933-1945 or World War II. Under Germany, you can find a link to the Shoah (Holocaust) with a list of several relevant collections of documents.

Databases for Journal and Newspaper Articles

Academic Search Premier
Multidisciplinary database with thousands of journals covering history, psychology, religion, government, cultural studies, etc. Some full text and many peer-reviewed. Includes full text of Journal of Genocide Research from 3/01/1999 to 1 year ago.

History Reference Center
Articles, book reviews, reprints from books, primary source documents, videos and images from the Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century and the World History Image Collection.

Humanities Full Text
Journal articles covering the Holocaust as reflected in literature, poetry, drama, personal stories, etc. Also includes includes historical, philosophical, and religious interpretations of the Holocaust. Some full text included.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
In-depth research into a specific topic related to the Holocaust.

ProQuest Research Library
Multidisciplinary database with history, political science, and theology journals covering the Holocaust. Some full text included.

Journal articles covering the psychological effects of the Holocaust, and the psychological profiles of perpetrators of genocide. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.

Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress (PILOTS)
Journal articles covering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) effects on Holocaust survivors. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.

Sage Premier Journals
Thousands of full text articles on all aspects of the Holocaust.

Science Direct
3,000+ articles covering the psychological, social, medical, and cultural impact of the Holocaust on its survivors. Some full text included.

Social Science Full Text
A good source for journal articles covering the sociological and psychological impact of the holocaust. Some full text included.

Sociological Abstracts
Search journal article abstracts for the sociological aspects of the Holocaust and genocide. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.

Recommended Websites

Glossary of Holocaust Terms
Click the speaker button to hear the pronunciation of many foreign words.

Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem was established in 1953 as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. Within its Digital Collections section is the Central Database of Shoa Victims' Names. A video lecture series is available under the Holocaust tab.

Women and the Holocaust
"Dedicated to all those women who were murdered while pregnant, Holding little hands of children or carrying infants in their arms on their way to be gassed. In hiding. To the mothers who gave their children to be hidden, many never to find them again. To the righteous gentile mothers and the nuns in convents, who were hiding children in their care, Or as fighters in resistance: in ghettos, forests, partisan units. And to the lives of those few who survived and bravely carried." Of special interest is a collection of scholarly essays.

Holocaust Chronicle
An online edition of The Holocaust Chronicle where each chapter represents a year of Nazi Germany.

CANDLES Holocaust Museum
CANDLES is the acronym for the words "Children of Auschwitch Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors."

The Hidden Child Foundation
"To survive, we had to go into hiding or keep our true identity secret. Many of us were left to fend for ourselves, wandering in search of food and shelter. We hid in convents, orphanages, haylofts, woods, basements and sewers."

Holocaust History: Animated Maps
From the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Holocaust Encyclopedia
Browse popular articles as offered at the bottom of the opening screen, or search for a phrase (e.g. "final solution") in many encyclopedic articles. Lists of resources, related articles and related links appear at the end of each article.

The Secret Annex Online - Discover Anne Frank's Hiding Place
The Secret Annex Online takes you back in time to the hiding place as it was then. See where Anne Frank wrote her diary and listen to the stories of everyone who lived in the hiding place. The people in hiding remained undiscovered for two years. Go inside -- through the secret entrance behind the bookcase. Use your mouse to explore the annex. Wander around the furnished spaces. Have your sound turned on so you can listen to the stories from Anne Frank's diary.

Catholic Teaching on the Shoah (2001)
From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Notes, a bibliography, websites and a filmography are included.

"They were ordinary people who became extraordinary people because they acted in accordance with their own belief systems while living in an immoral society. Thousands survived the Holocaust because of the daring of these rescuers." Some full length documents and web links are provided.

Unexpected Saviours: The Role of Turkey in Assisting Victims During the Holocaust
January 31, 2011. Running time: 01:59:23

The Holocaust Education Resource Center of the College of Saint Elizabeth
The center provides a variety of programs, resources, and educational opportunities for study of the Holocaust. It aims to encourage remembrance of the Holocaust and to promote respect for diversity. By providing an opportunity for serious Jewish-Christian theological dialogue, it is opening doors through which many are experiencing mutual respect and understanding. A "Wall of Remembrance" is displayed.