The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews, planned, directed, and executed by the National Socialist (Nazi) regime of Germany and its collaborators from 1933-1945.
Here you will find some resources for researching the people, places, and history of the Holocaust.
An excellent place to start is by going to the websites of large Holocaust museums and searching through any bibliographies they have. A great example is the bibliographies from The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Encyclopedias can be an excellent place to start your research. Here are some good choices for starting your research on the Holocaust.
- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Holocaust Encyclopedia
Researching Specific People and Places by Name
Here are some strategies to find information about specific people:
- Search for "Identification Cards" on the Remember Survivor and Victims page of the United States Holocaust Memorial website.
- For additional information, search the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names from Yad Vashem.
Here are some strategies to find information about specifics towns, cities, and villages:
- Develop a list of all the alternate spellings of the name, for example Lviv, Lvov, Lwow, Lemberg, etc. The history of places in Europe can be complex: Lviv is now in the Ukraine, but has been part of Poland, Austria, and the USSR.
- Search the Encyclopedia Judaica and the Holocaust Encyclopedia. This will provide background information.
- Search the Binghamton University Libraries collections using Find It! Use the advanced search, filter to "subject" on the top left, and type in the place name and "Holocaust" or "Shoah."
- Yizkor books are Holocaust memorial books often written by societies in memory of places destroyed and inhabitants killed. Most are in Hebrew and Yiddish, but some are in English or have sections in English. You can search translations of Yizkor books at the JewishGen.org website.