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"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.

Online Encyclopedias

Modern World History Online
Extensive collection of subject specific reference works covering various aspects of the Holocaust and related topics throughout modern history, 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:

Britannica Academic: The Holocaust

Key Databases

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.

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

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

Other Resources

EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History
Links to collections of European primary source documents transcribed or translated and listed in chronological order by country.

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.

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.

Citing Sources

  • APA Style Guide
  • Zotero
    A citation generator and management tool, Zotero can help you keep all of your citation information together and generate a bibliography for you.


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.

Subject Searches

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).


Background Information
  • Glossary of Holocaust Terms
    Click the speaker button to hear the pronunciation of many foreign words.
  • 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.
  • Holocaust Chronicle
    An online edition of The Holocaust Chronicle where each chapter represents a year of Nazi Germany.
  • 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 Education
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education 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.
  • CANDLES Holocaust Museum
    CANDLES is the acronym for the words "Children of Auschwitz 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."
  • Catholic Teaching on the Shoah (2001)
    From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Notes, a bibliography, websites and a filmography are included.
  • Rescuers
    "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.
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