Explore diverse experiences of people during the Holocaust
Read a last letter thrown from a deportation train. Page through a handwritten diary. View photos and films of families living under Nazism. Hear the testimony of an American liberator. Discover the richness of first person accounts by:
- Learning about the Holocaust from selected primary sources with historical context;
- Uncovering surprising connections using tags like activism, propaganda, family, and health and hygiene;
- Reading diaries and documents in their original language with side-by-side translations.
Witness in Auschwitz
A British POW Makes a Shocking Discovery
Sent to Auschwitz as a forced laborer in 1943, British infantryman Ron Jones became one of the few Allied soldiers to witness firsthand the mass murder of Jews inside in the camp.
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Jewish Perspectives on the Holocaust
View diaries, letters, testimonies, art, and other media that highlight Jewish responses to persecution and genocide.
Americans and the Holocaust
Explore primary sources that depict politics and society in the US from the early 1930s, the Holocaust and World War II, and the postwar period.
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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