The Holocaust

American Chaplain Rabbi Hershel Schacter leading a Shavuot service at Buchenwald, May 18, 1945, five weeks after American soldiers had liberated the camp.
Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Source: Wikipedia

The Holocaust (khurbn eyrope, חורבן אײראָפּע, in Yiddish or Shoah, שואה, in Hebrew) figures prominently in my writing, even if I am not writing particularly about this subject.  Here are some excellent sites/resources on it. This is a work in progress; more sites will be added after I become aware of them. If you wish to add or recommend a site, send me an email, at pjgreenbaum@gmail.com.

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Jewish Holocaust Centre, Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, is, as it writes, “an institution dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945. We consider the finest memorial to all victims of racist policies to be an educational program which aims to combat anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice in the community and foster understanding between people.”

Jewish Museum London, London, England, says about its mission: The museum collects objects, documents, photographs and oral testimonies in order to record and preserve the experiences of refugees from Nazism and Holocaust survivors. One of our most important collections relates to Leon Greenman, OBE, an English-born Auschwitz survivor who devoted his life to speaking about his experiences and campaigning against racism until his death in 2008.

Montreal Holocaust Museum, Montreal, Quebec, as it writes:, “tells the story of Jewish communities before, during and after the Holocaust. Through the life stories of Montreal survivors, the Museum invites visitors to reflect on the destruction caused by prejudice, racism and antisemitism.”

Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City, New York, is as its site says, “is committed to creating meaningful opportunities for diverse communities to gather in remembrance and commemoration of the Holocaust. Yom HaShoah is Holocaust Remembrance Day. It coincides with the 27th of Nissan (on the Hebrew calendar) to mark the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, when Jewish resistance fighters defied the Nazis and fought for freedom and dignity.”

Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center, Moscow, Russia, is, as it says, “the first organizations in the post-Soviet era aimed at preserving the memory of Holocaust victims, creating museums and documentary exhibitions, including the subject in the curricula of schools and institutions of higher education, organizing commemorative events, erecting monuments, and gathering of evidence and memoirs.”

The Jewish Historical Institute [also known as the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute], Warsaw, Poland, has as its mission, it writes: “to spread knowledge about the heritage of the thousand years of Jewish presence on the Polish lands. … The mission of the Jewish Historical Institute is to care for the Jewish legacy preserved in the archives of our Institute. Our collections consist of seven million pages of varied documents. The most significant part of the collections is the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto, also known as the Ringelblum Archive.”

The Shoah Memorial, Paris, France, is, as it writes, “active in the areas of research, documentation, publishing (La Revue d’Histoire de la Shoah), teaching, adult training and, with the museum, cultural mediation through cultural activities and visits to places of remembrance.”

The Wiener Library, London, England, is, as it writes, “one of the world's leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. Formed in 1933, the Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. ”

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., is, as it writes: “A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.”

Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel, is as it writes: “the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is the ultimate source for Holocaust education, documentation and research. From the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem's integrated approach incorporates meaningful educational initiatives, groundbreaking research and inspirational exhibits.”