The Holocaust

The Holocaust

The Holocaust (1933 – 1945) was Nazi Germany’s state-sanctioned persecution of Europe’s Jews during World War II. Before the Allies conquered Adolph Hitler’s war machine, his “final solution” took the lives of six million European Jews. Holocaust Remembrance Day (also known as Yom HaShoah or the Shoah) is observed every spring, this year occurring on April 28, 2014.

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Anne Frank Center: Who is Anne?5 stars

"Born on June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was a German-Jewish teenager who was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust." During her years of living in an annex of rooms above her father's old office in Amsterdam, Frank wrote a powerful dairy. Visit the Anne Frank Center USA site to learn more about her bravery and legacy, and to read snippets from her famous diary. "Since it was first published in 1947, Anne Frank's diary has become one of the most powerful memoirs of the Holocaust." Click on Students & Teachers to download the PDF discussion guides.

Anne Frank House: Education: Teacher's Portal5 stars

This Teacher's Portal from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam offers interesting discussion questions for classroom or dinner table, organized by subject, as well as articles about various aspects of the diary. "Anne Frank's diary has inspired people all over the world, from Hollywood producers to Broadway directors. Over the years there have been many different movies, and docudramas based on her life but it all started in 1955 with the Broadway play ‘The Diary of Anne Frank'. "

The Holocaust Chronicle5 stars

Based on a print book of the same name, this website includes "every word and image" of the 800-page ‘Holocaust Chronicle' book published in 2000. Organized by years from 1933 to1946, you can traverse the site by chapter or search function. " Neither Adolf Hitler nor Franklin Roosevelt lived to see the end of World War II and the Holocaust. On May 7, 1945, at Rheims, France, General Alfred Jodl signed Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender."

US Holocaust Memorial Museum: Learn about the Holocause5 stars

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington DC and on the Web, "inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity." Start your tour with the 38-minute video The Path to Nazi Genocide which provides an overview of the Nazis rise to power, and their persecution of Jews. Other worthwhile clicks include Information for Students, and Timeline of Events. Both can be found in the left-hand navigation menu.

Yad Vashem: The Holocaust5 stars

"It took the Germans and their accomplices four and a half years to murder six million Jews. They were at their most efficient from April to November 1942 – 250 days in which they murdered some two and a half million Jews. They never showed any restraint, they slowed down only when they began to run out of Jews to kill, and they only stopped when the Allies defeated them." Yad Vashem was established in 1953 in Jerusalem, and a world center for Holocaust research and education. This section of their website covers the Holocaust in eleven chapters.

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Holocaust Glossary

Jewish Virtual Library: The Holocaust

Museum of Tolerance: Multimedia Training Center

A People's History of the Holocaust & Genocide

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Feldman, Barbara. "The Holocaust." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 23 Apr. 2014. Web. 31 Aug. 2015. < >.

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By . Originally published April 23, 2014. Last modified June 9, 2015.

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