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I try to understand, to at least comprehend the past — the Holocaust.
Still, I cannot. I am left staring out over the abyss, into the void. — Paul Zeslis
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) is a national day of commemoration in Israel, remembering the six million Jews who were brutally murdered in the Holocaust. Below are ten websites which focus on the Holocaust. Some of them tell the history of what happened, others give the names of those who died and others provide documents, pictures and other information.
[Be sure to also see the second installment.]
Warning: It should go without saying that many of these sites have pictures and information that are shocking and horrifying. But the truth is they should be shocking to us. And we should see them, so that we may know of what man is capable. It is important to remember that the Holocaust was not the work of just one nation. Every other nation stood by and made excuses for not doing anything. By ignoring the situation, or refusing to allow Jews to immigrate, each country participated in its own way, either directly or indirectly. All the governments of the world were fully aware of what was going on in the death camps.
- Yad Vashem
- As the Jewish people's living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953 as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter. If you visit Israel, this is one place you must visit.
- Yad Vashem YouTube Channel
- This channel on YouTube has virtual tours of the Yad Vashem complex, videos of survivors of the Holocaust sharing their stories to make certain that what they experienced is never forgotten or denied and other interesting videos.
- Memory of the Camps | The Holocaust Documentary that Traumatized Alfred Hitchcock and Remained Unseen for 40 Years
- Alfred Hitchcock was asked to assemble the footage shot at the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. One of Hitchcock's prime concerns was to emphasize the proximity of the camps to German towns in order to assert that ordinary Germans, "must have known about it." But the resulting documentary was ultimately held back. It was finally released in the mid-80s, in a film called "Memory of the Camps". Until that time, the original footage sat unused in storage at the Imperial War Museum.
- The Jewish Virtual Library
- This is the Holocaust wing of the Jewish Virtual Library Web site. It contains articles, original documents, a Holocaust glossary, a bibliography, and much more.
- The Ghetto Fighters' House
- This museum was founded in 1949 by a community of Holocaust survivors, members of the Jewish underground in the ghettos of Poland, and veterans of partisan units, to be a place of testimony that would tell the story of the Jewish people in the 20th century in general, and during the Second World War in particular. At the center of this chronicle are the manifestations of Jewish resistance: the organized uprisings of Jews in the ghettos and camps, and the Jews who fought in partisan units and the armies of the Allied forces.
- Holocaust Pictures Exhibition
- This site includes actual pictures taken during and after the Holocaust.
- The Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance
- This place was the departure point for a deportation without return. In the years between 1942 and 1944, 24,916 Jews and 351 gypsies were transported to the death camps in the east. Two thirds were gassed upon arrival. At the time of the liberation only 1,221 people had survived. This place was therefore, literally, "the waiting room for death". The underlying theme of the museum is to cover this dark period in the history of the Jews.
- remember.org | The Cybrary of the Holocaust
- This site contains Holocaust history and stories from Holocaust photos, survivors, liberators, books and art.
- Holocaust: The Untold Story
- This History Channel documentary takes a look at the lack of press coverage in the United States and the myth that the Holocaust was a secret.
- A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
- The content of this site is presented from three perspectives: Timeline, People, and The Arts. This guide is meant to be used as a resource by teachers.