Skip to Main Content

A Guide to Jewish Studies: The Holocaust

A guide to Jewish Studies created by Allison James '22 and Visiting Librarian Abe Nemon in 2022.

The Holocaust

The Holocaust marked the culmination of centuries of anti-semitism, which resulted in the genocide of millions of Jewish people across Europe. Beginning with general resources & histories of anti-semitism, this section explores pivotal events within the Holocaust, such as the rise of Nazi Germany, the mass immigration and rescue of Jews, Hitler's "final solution," Holocaust events across Europe, resistance movements among Jews, and testimonies of Holocaust survivors.


General Histories of the Holocaust

The History of Antisemitism

Editor's Note:  Both antisemitism (hatred of Jewish people) and antisemitic violence had long histories that preceded the Holocaust and which have continued into the present day. The following resources provide historical background for the deeply-ingrained antisemitism that the Nazis exploited in order to scapegoat the Jews.
→ Further resources on anti-semitism can be found at the call number DS145.

General Histories of Nazi Germany

The Rise of Nazism in Germany, 1918 - 1938

Editor's Note: Although the Nazi campaign against Jews was part of a long history of antisemitism in Europe, the rise of the Nazi party occurred within specific historical circumstances: the collapse of the German and Austro-Hungarian empires at the end of World War I, the reparations imposed by the Allied powers in the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of extremist groups in Germany during the period of the Weimar Republic, and the battles between ideological factions amid the crushing hardships of an economic Depression.

The Weimar Republic, 1918 - 1933

Nazi Germany, 1933 - 1938

The Psychology of Nazism

Editor's Note: Even before World War II had ended, historians and scholars have attempted to understand how millions of Germans were persuaded to go along with the Nazi program of murder and conquest; the following are some recent contributions to a much larger conversation.

Jewish Rescue / Immigration

Editor's Note: In the aftermath of Nazi annexation of Austria and Kristallnacht, many Jewish people in lands occupied by the Nazis sought to flee. The books in this box tell of organized efforts to rescue Jews such as the Kindertransport as well as strict immigration policies and untimely refusals to accept refugees that many argue cost innocent lives.

"The Final Solution," 1938-1945

Holocaust Histories by Country



The Soviet Union








Jewish Resistance

Holocaust Survivors

Responses to the Holocaust

The Righteous Among the Nations Award

Memorials & Museums

Nazi Hunters, Operation Finale, the Eichmann Trial

Holocaust Denial

Theological and Philosophical Responses

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License