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"Genocide is the attempt to partially or completely destroy a particular racial, religious, or national group. During World War II, the Third Reich embarked on a program of genocide by which they attempted to completely destroy European Jewry. Six million Jews, the majority of the European Jewish population and about one-third of all the Jews in the world, were ultimately murdered. This Nazi genocide has become known as the holocaust."

Source: Karesh, Sara E., and Mitchell M. Hurvitz. "Nazi genocide." Encyclopedia of Judaism, Encyclopedia of World Religions. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2006.

Online Encyclopedias

Modern World History Online
Extensive collection of subject specific reference works covering various aspects of the Holocaust and related topics throughout modern history, including:

Encyclopedia of War Crimes and Genocide
Encyclopedia of Judaism
Encyclopedia of Political Thought
Encyclopedia of Terrorism
Encyclopedia of the Interwar Years: From 1919 to 1939
Encyclopedia of World War II
Great Disasters: Reforms & Ramifications

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Includes material from the following reference books:

Britannica Academic: The Holocaust

Key Databases

  • ProQuest Research Library
    Multidisciplinary database with history, political science, and theology journals covering the Holocaust. Some full text included.

Other Resources

  • EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History
    Links to collections of European primary source documents transcribed or translated and listed in chronological order by country.
  • PsycINFO
    Journal articles covering the psychological effects of the Holocaust, and the psychological profiles of perpetrators of genocide. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.
  • Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress (PILOTS)
    Journal articles covering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) effects on Holocaust survivors. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.
  • Science Direct
    3,000+ articles covering the psychological, social, medical, and cultural impact of the Holocaust on its survivors. Some full text included.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Search journal article abstracts for the sociological aspects of the Holocaust and genocide. Full text not included, but may be available through other sources.

Citing Sources

  • APA Style Guide
  • Zotero
    A citation generator and management tool, Zotero can help you keep all of your citation information together and generate a bibliography for you.


Books related to the Holocaust have call numbers near 940.5318.


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