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Short Essays.

As volunteers for the questions@holocaust-history.org service provided by The Holocaust History Project, we often receive variations on the same sorts of inquiries. We have written short essays on some of these topics.

General Information on the Holocaust (1000 words)

Our answer to "tell me everything about the Holocaust." Includes bibliography.

The Holocaust: Suggested Reading (3000 words)

A more extensive bibliography, arranged by subject.

Finding Friends and Family (1000 words)

Pointers to resources which can help locate or learn more about loved ones who became separated, or died, in the Holocaust.

Suggestions for Paper Topics (1000 words)

Don't know what to write about? Here are some ideas. Suitability ranges from high school to college.

Family Histories and Eyewitness Accounts

Personal remembrances of the Holcaust


An essay on the infamous concentration/extermination camp near Lublin

The Response of the United States (500 words)

What did the U.S. do about the Holocaust?

The Trial at Nuremberg (1500 words)

An overview of the International Military Trial at Nuremberg, 1945-1946.

The Wannsee Conference (1900 words)

An examination of the pivotal conference on the extermination of the Jews.

The White Rose (1000 words)

A history of the White Rose, a brave but doomed resistance to Nazi tyranny.

What are "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion"? (2000 words)

A look at the history of this century-old forgery.

What Happened to the Jews After the Holocaust? (500 words)

Hundreds of thousands of European Jews survived the Holocaust and were classified as displaced persons. What happened to them?

What was the Final Solution? (2300 words)

An explanation of "the final solution of the Jewish question."

What was Kristallnacht? (2500 words)

A short essay on the events of Kristallnacht.

What were the Nuremberg Laws? (1000 words)

What is the significance of the infamous Nuremberg Laws?

When did the Holocaust Begin? (1383  words)

An essay on when the Holocaust may be considered to have begun.

Where to find photos of the Holocaust on the Internet (440 words)

A guide to sources of photos documenting the Holocaust that can be found on the Internet.

Who was Adolf Hitler? (1000 words)

A short biography of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement he swept into power.

Who was Anne Frank? (2000 words)

A short biography of Anne Frank and the story of her diary.

Who was Heinrich Himmler? (1000 words)

A short biography of Heinrich Himmler, the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany.

Who was Josef Mengele? (1500 words)

A brief history of the "Angel of Death" at the Auschwitz camp, SS Doctor Josef Mengele.

Who was Julius Streicher? (1800 words)

A brief history of the infamous editor of Der Stürmer

Who was Odilo Globocnik (1300 words)

A brief biography of the head of the Operation Reinhard death camps

Why the Germans? (2000 words)

Why did ordinary Germans accept the fact of, or help commit, genocide?

Why the Jews? (1000 words)

Why did the Third Reich choose the Jews as the targets of their persecution?

For purposes of citation, these essays (which were written jointly) should be attributed to The Holocaust History Project.

If you still have questions of your own, or if you'd like to read less-formal answers to less-common questions, please see our questions@holocaust-history.org webpage.


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