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Online Resources

When researching any topic, it is essential to use sources that are reliable: verifiable, accurate, and authoritative. The sources listed below provide comprehensive and reliable information on topics related to the Holocaust.

Recommended Resources

American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise: Jewish Virtual Library 
“The Jewish Virtual Library (JVL) is your source for information about Jewish history, Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Judaism. The JVL currently has more than 25,000 articles and 10,000 images and is accessed by users in more than 230 countries and territories worldwide.”

Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust 
“Facing History and Ourselves is a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization. Our mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.”

JewishGen: Yizkor Book Project
"JewishGen’s mission is to preserve our collective Jewish family history, and heritage, for future generations, by allowing anyone with Jewish ancestry to research their roots, and connect with relatives.”

“Yizkor books were written after the Holocaust as memorials to Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust.  They were usually put together by survivors from those communities and contain descriptions and histories of the community, biographies of prominent people, lists of people who perished, etc.  They are often embellished with photos, maps, and other memorabilia."

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
"The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust."

Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center 
"Yad Vashem is the pioneer of Holocaust museums worldwide.  By preserving its Jewish character within the universal context, and yet maintaining an authentic voice composed of testimonies, diaries, artifacts, and other documentation, Yad Vashem paves the way for a better future."

Virtual Shtetl
“The Virtual Shtetl... is the only project in the world that aims at describing all the Jewish communities that have lived within the ever-changing borders of the Polish Commonwealth. There were about 3,000 of them and they varied as much as the histories of different parts of the vast territory that is now part of Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, and Russia.”

The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe 
"The only resource of its kind, this encyclopedia provides the most complete picture of the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe from the beginnings of their settlement in the region to the present. This website makes accurate, reliable, scholarly information about East European Jewish life accessible to everyone."

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research 
"YIVO is the only prewar Jewish archives and library to have survived the Holocaust. Its materials were looted by the Nazis, but some were rescued after the war and returned to YIVO. Other books and documents turned up decades later in Lithuania. In 2015, YIVO launched the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collections Project, a 7-year project to digitally reunite these millions of pages of documents and books.”