Digital “Tools for Research” by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Holocaust was, perhaps, the worst humanitarian disaster of the tumultuous twentieth century. In the years immediately following the conclusion of the Second World War, scholars, as well as survivors, began piecing the history of the Nazi genocide together from documentation uncovered in obscure archives, libraries, and personal collections in Europe, and, in some cases, as far away as South America. With the onset of the Digital Age, however, these primary documents are increasingly being published online for everyone to see, study, and share. At the forefront of these digitization efforts is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum whose website features a collection of digitized primary sources on the Holocaust, including oral histories, films, photographs, objects, and documents, as well as topically-organized bibliographies for interested readers, a searchable database for Holocaust victims and survivors, and links to survivors’ testimonies. See below for links to these helpful resources:

  1. Bibliographies
    Includes recommended readings on various topics of Holocaust studies.
  2. Collections Search
    Provides access to records across the Museum’s collections, including publications, photographs, objects, documents, films, music, and oral histories.
  3. Electronic Resources
    Subscription-based and free databases, e-journals, digitized newspapers, and primary sources accessible from within the Museum.
  4. Holocaust Encyclopedia
    Presents online articles on hundreds of topics, with photographs, primary sources, interviews, film footage, maps, and other artifacts.
  5. Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database
    Centralizes information from the Museum’s collections about individual survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution.
  6. International Tracing Service
    Contains an overview of the 21,000 historical collections of documentary materials contained within the archive of the International Tracing Service.
  7. Library
    Contains records of the Library’s published materials, including books, serials, historical newspapers, feature films and documentaries, CDs, and DVDs.
  8. USC Shoah Foundation Testimonies
    Contains more than 54,000 oral history interviews with Holocaust survivors.


Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.