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Everyday Life: Roles, Motives, and Choices During the Holocaust

In an era of war and genocide, individuals confronted difficult choices and new social pressures. How did they respond? The primary sources featured in this section examine the complex and intersecting drivers of human behavior in unprecedented times.

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Feder, Sami, photo of Performance of Azoy hot es zikh ongehoybn (This is How it Began), Kazet Theater 1947

Jewish Perspectives on the Holocaust

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Americans and the Holocaust

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Everyday Life: Roles, Motives, and Choices During the Holocaust

Find sources that explore the difficult choices and new social and political pressures confronted by individuals during the Holocaust.

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