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The Holocaust: A General Overview

The material in this section primarily presents general, comprehensive overviews of the Holocaust background, facts, and history. They are not specifically directed at any single aspect.


  • Yehuda Bauer, A History of the Holocaust (Franklin Watts).
  • Wolfgang Benz, The Holocaust (Columbia University Press).
  • Michael Berenbaum, The World Must Know (Little Brown).
  • Lucy S. Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews (Holt, Rinehart, Winston).
  • Martin Gilbert, Holocaust: History of the Jews of Europe During the
  • Second World War (Holt, Rinehart, Winston).
  • Raul Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews (Holmes and Meier).
  • Nora Levin, The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry, 1933-1945 (Schocken).
  • Michael R. Marrus, The Holocaust in History (University Press of New England).
  • Leni Yahil, The Holocaust: The Fate of European Jewry (Oxford University Press).


Children in the Holocaust
Videotape, 70 minutes, color and b/w.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
This film depicts the plight of Jewish children during the Holocaust from the viewpoint of the now adult survivors.
It is a candid, personal account of the terrors of the period seen through the eyes of children.

Videotape, 90 minutes, color.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
Produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, this film —
using documentary film and photographs and a moving narration by Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor — presents one of the best introductions to the subject. It is recommended for audiences who are not familiar with the subject matter as well as for a knowledgeable audience.

Videotape, 52 minutes, color.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Part of the World at War Series, narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier. Set within a historic frame — from the 1920’s when waves of anti-Semitism swept through Germany, to 1945 when the remnants of European Jewry were released from the death camps — the film exposes the methodical insanity of the Nazi era. It presents extraordinary film footage and interviews with death camp survivors, as well as Germans who were directly involved in implementing “the final solution.”

The Holocaust
Filmstrips, rec., 23 minutes.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
Part I uses the narrative of those who experienced the Holocaust to describe the extermination — the ghettos, the camps, and methods of dehumanization. Part II gives the historical and political background of European anti-Semitism and how Nazi Germany used it as a political expedient.

Witness to the Holocaust
Videotape series of 7 documentaries, 10–15 minutes each.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
Each short tape covers a different aspect of the Holocaust: Rise of the Nazis, Ghetto Life, Deportations, Resistance, The Final Solution, Liberation, Reflections.

Historical Atlas of the Holocaust
This CD-ROM covers the period 1933-1950 and contains 270 maps, more than 500 photographs and 75,000 words of text, bibliography, place name index, with alternate place names. It includes maps by country, city, ghetto and camp.

Sponsoring institution: USHMM