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HIST3490: The Holocaust: Web-Based Digital Collections

Web-Based Digital Collections

Adolf Eichmann
Released in March 2000 by the Israeli State Archives, the memoirs of Adolf Eichmann offer a chilling, though self-serving, account of the workings of the Nazi's "Final Solution." Although most scholars dismiss the diary as an attempt by Eichmann to defend or exonerate himself while on trial for his central role in the Holocaust, the manuscript was still sealed in the Israeli archives for 39 years. It was made public at the request of Deborah Lipstadt, a professor at Emory University, who, along with her publisher, Penguin Books, is being sued for libel by David Irving, a British historian whom Lipstadt characterized as a "dangerous spokesman" for Holocaust denial. Under Britain's libel laws, the burden of proof is on the defendant, which means that Lipstadt must discredit Irving's position by demonstrating that he has willfully ignored or distorted the facts. Due to the complicated nature of the trial, it has been heard without a jury, and closing arguments are scheduled for March 13. The Nizkor Project, one of the largest online repositories of primary documents related to the Holocaust, is dedicated to combatting Holocaust denial and has made available the full text of the diary, False Gods, (in German only) in .txt, .rtf, and MS Word formats. Users can also learn more about Eichmann at Nizkor's special section on him. [Internet Scout Project]
http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/people/e/eichmann-adolf/

Hitler's Unwanted Children: Children with Disabilities, Orphans, Juvenile Delinquents and Non-Conformist Young People In Nazi Germany
The Nizkor Project has recently posted a fine paper by Sally M. Rogow, Professor Emerita of the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Rogow's paper carefully examines the Nazi state's attitudes and actions towards children who did not measure up to the party's social and biological criteria. [Internet Scout Project]
http://www.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi/people/r/rogow.sally/hitlers-unwanted-children

Holocaust: Primary Documents (from EuroDocs)
Part of the EuroDocs project at Brigham Young University, this page contains a well-selected directory of links to primary source materials for the history of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on German materials. Please note that many of these online collections have not been translated into English.
http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Shoah_(Holocaust)

Life After the Holocaust: Stories of Holocaust Survivors After The War
This particular collection features interviews with six Holocaust survivors who came to the United States after their experiences. With a somber background of harvest-colored leaves on thin branches, the site presents narratives organized into one of several themes, including "Speaking Out", "Faith, Guilt and Responsibility", and "Arriving in New York". Each interview is intercut with narration that helps explain the background of each survivor's story, which helps unfamiliar listeners with the context of each experience.
http://www.ushmm.org/exhibition/life-after-holocaust/

National Socialism and World War II: Primary Documents (from EuroDocs)
Part of the EuroDocs project at Brigham Young University, this page conveniently assembles a large directory of links to primary source materials for the history of Nazi Germany. Please note that many of these online collections have not been translated into English.
http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Germany:_National_Socialism_and_World_War_II

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945
"This online exhibition examines the campaign of persecution and violence against the homosexuals of Germany" from 1933-1945. Provides both a general historical overview as well as a timeline built around the experiences of Bauhaus artist Richard Grune. Includes a bibliography and related links. From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. [Librarians' Index to the Internet]
http://www.ushmm.org/information/exhibitions/traveling-exhibitions/nazi-persecution-of-homosexuals

Nazi Propaganda (Pre-1933 Material) and 1933-1945 Material (from Calvin College, Michigan)
A large-scale translation project headed by Randall Bytwerk, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College, this online archive collection includes essays, pamphlets, speeches, cartoons, posters, flyers, and other materials. The work of major Nazi leaders like Joseph Goebbels is well-represented here, as well as official publications of the Nazi Party. Citations to the original German language sources is provided for all translations. The collection can be searched or browsed.
http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/

Nazis, Eugenics, and the T-4 Program (1920-1950) [from the Disability Social History Project]
Brief page describing the "T-4" program of extermination carred out against children and adults with disabilities. Includes related links and a bibliography.
http://www.disabilityhistory.org/t4prog.html

Nuremberg Trials Project - A Digital Document Collection
The Harvard Law School Library has approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and to the twelve trials of other accused war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT). The documents, which include trial transcripts, briefs, document books, evidence files, and other papers, have been studied by lawyers, scholars, and other researchers in the areas of history, ethics, genocide, and war crimes, and are of particular interest to officials and students of current international tribunals involving war crimes and crimes against humanity. [Librarians' Index to the Internet]
http://nuremberg.law.harvard.edu

Versailles Treaty
The complete 1919 Treaty of Versailles. Linked in are other Internet resources connected to the treaty such as maps, photos, and cartoons. [Librarians' Index to the Internet]
http://history.acusd.edu/gen/text/versaillestreaty/vercontents.html

Voices of the Holocaust
Presented by the British Library, Voices of the Holocaust consists of personal, oral testimonies gathered from Jewish men and women who came to reside in Britain. These testimonies are true stories told by Holocaust survivors that depict life during this horrifyingly tumultuous time. The testimonies are divided into six main categories -- life before the Holocaust, ghettos and deportations, the camps, resistance, liberation, and testimonies by Edith Berkin.
http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/voices/holocaust.html

Subject Guide

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