Research Sources & Other
Vera Laska notes that there
are over ten-thousand printed sources relating
to Auschwitz alone, and offers this guidance
for those pursuing Holocaust research:
Vashem Martyrs' and Heroes' Memorial Authority
in Jerusalem is a depository of documents
and memoirs on the Holocaust, mostly in
German, Hebrew and Yiddish. It also issues
the Yad Vashem Studies on the European
Jewish Catastrophe and Resistance. (The
1991 Yad Vashem English publications guide
is now included in the Holocaust Almanac
The Centre de Documentation
Juive Contemporaine in Paris and the Wiener
Library in London are major sources of
information. The Wiener Library's catalogue
series published a bibliography, Persecution
and Resistance Under the Nazis (London:
Valentine, Mitchell, 1960). ...
In the United States
the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research,
which is now part of the new Center
for Jewish History, houses several
collections of ghetto documents and related
primary source materials. It publishes
the YIVO Annual of Jewish Social Science.
Since 1960, Yad Vashem and the YIVO Institute
have been engaged in preparing a multivolume
bibliographical series on the Holocaust;
one of the volumes, Jacob
Robinson, The Holocaust and After:
Sources and Literature in English.
NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1973.
is most helpful.
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
(823 United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y.
10017) supplies teaching materials at
reasonable prices, for instance The Record
- The Holocaust in History, 1933-1945,
published in cooperation with the National
Council for Social Studies in 1978.
of Congress and the National
Archives are rich sources for researchers,
containing among others the transcripts
of war crime trials. This in itself is
an immense documentation; for instance,
Doctors' Trial of twenty-three defendents
alone takes up 11,538 pages in nineteen
volumes. Indexes can be consulted about
various concentration camps. ...
In addition to the massive
amount of information Laska notes, additional
bibliographic sources are available through
the Holocaust bibliographic files available
on ftp.nizkor.org and elsewhere.