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Judaic Studies: Holocaust

Resources for researching Judaic Studies

Encyclopedias

Yizkor coverEncyclopedias can be an excellent place to start your research. Here are some good choices for starting your research on the Holocaust.  

Researching Specific People by Name

Here are some strategies to find information about specific people.

Researching Specific Places by Name

Here are some strategies to find information about specifics towns, cities, and villages.

  1. 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.
  2. Search the Encyclopedia Judaica and the Holocaust Encyclopedia. This will provide background information.
  3. Search the PSU Library Catalog. Use the place name and "Holocaust" or "Shoah."
  4. 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. Search for Yizkor books in the PSU Library catalog. You can also search translations of Yizkor books at the JewishGen.org website.

Primary Sources

The Holocaust

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.