I had the opportunity to study and travel in Germany. At the time Germany was divided. I started to study the Holocaust during this time. In preparing to write a paper on the "Grundsteine des Holocausts oder was geschiet als Leute kaltblutig wird" (The foundations
of the Holocaust or what happens when society becomes cold -blooded) I traveled to the Bundesarkivs (Federal Archives), visited the remnants of some of the camps.Most strikingly, I had the opportunity to talk to some survivors camp guards Kapos (Jewish prisoners working for the Nazis) as well as some of the inhabitants who lived in the areas of the camps.
Their insights were most remarkable.
I felt and still feel a numbness and grieve for those I never knew. The more I read and study the Holocaust, the more I ask myself, "How could this have happened?" and "Why?" One of the survivors I interviewed requested that, " I speak for those who have no voice." What follows are links to various websites that can help you explore these terrible times. Hopefully, the words, "nie wieder" (Never again) will remain true.
Truly one of the best resources for Holocaust Studies. Click here to access
their website. Go to the education tab and follow it to the STUDENTS links.
“Everyone would believe my pictures”: The Legacy of Julien Bryan
In the 1930s, the American filmmaker Julien Bryan chronicled life in Poland and Nazi Germany. When Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Bryan risked his life to record the ferocious siege of Warsaw, “People might not believe my story if I told it in words when I returned to America. Everyone would believe my pictures.” Bryan embraced this philosophy throughout his career by aiming to further world understanding through documentary films.
Over the last year, the programs and services provided by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, including it's Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and the New York Tolerance Center, have impacted greatly on people the world over.
Against the Tide -The Story of America During the Holocaust - Narrated by Dustin Hoffman is the newest documentary from the Center's two-time Academy Award™-winning Moriah Films. "Against the Tide" is a compelling film that documents what happened in the United States during the Holocaust, highlighting how a young activist, Peter Bergson, challenged Washington and the establishment Jewish organizations to demand that the rescue of Europe’s Jews become a top priority for American Jews. (Courtesy of Programs & Services Simon Wiesental Museum)
We are the children...We are the Children of the Holocaust
We are both Germans and Jews
We are the children of the oppressors
We started out on opposite sides
But the memory of the Holocaust will join us forever
We shall never let the victims be forgotten,
For if we do ... we will forget that the
Perpetrator can be in all of us.
This poem comes from remember.org This cite is a cybary of the Holocaust. It uses photographs, art, poems, personal narratives to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive
The Nizkor Project - the purpose of this site is to respond to those who say the Holocaust never happened; includes photographs and information on the concentration camps; personal narratives, documents, and testimony from the Nuremberg trials
The Anne Frank Center offers a wide range of education programs that allow visitors to explore Anne’s personal story alongside the history of WWII and the Holocaust, and the need to identify and challenge prejudice.
Aish.com is a very comprehensive website which explores the historical background of the Holocaust. There are small featured videos documenting the lives of surivors. One interesting video is called "Dancing Under the Gallows" where we meet Alice, a 106 year old survivor. (oldest living survivor). Also found in this website are newspaper articles and other documents offering a time line.BEYOND THE PALE: HISTORY OF JEWS IN RUSSIA
PREJUDICES AGAINST OTHER CULTURES and people have existed for a long time and continue to exist. They are mostly based on ignorance. Some prejudices are innocent, but others are vicious. They can lead to oppression and persecution.
This exhibition depicts the history of anti-Jewish attitudes -- and of anti-Semitism today, a form of intolerance that in our century caused the death of millions of people. The exhibition also portrays the history of Jews in Europe and in Russia to help understand their life, religion and culture. But above all, the exhibition wants to warn of the great dangers of prejudice and intolerance, particularly in times of political uncertainty and increased social tension