Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest Nazi extermination and concentration camp, located in the Polish town of Oswiecim, 37 miles west of Cracow. One sixth of all Jews murdered by the Nazis were gassed at Auschwitz.Read More
HistoryEarly Stages of Persecution
In 1933, new German laws forced Jews out of many areas of public and professional life.Kristallnacht
The Night of Broken Glass that began the Nazi reign of terror.Ghettos
Nazis established more than 400 ghettos for the purpose of isolating and controlling the Jews.Final Solution
How the Nazis planned and executed the systematic murder of European Jewry.Resistance
Fighting back any way they could.
Memory & CommemorationHolocaust Museums
A transnational comparison.Early Proposals
Should Yom Hashoah be linked to other tragedies or commemorate only the Nazi Holocaust?Choosing a Date
After much debate, a compromise date--satisfactory to none--is chosen.Responding to Genocide
Jewish perspectives on the responsibility to protect.Discussions with Children
A topic that may seem far from modern children's lives holds valuable social lessons.
This singular event presents profound theological challenges.Finding Meaning
Responding to the challenge of faith in a post-Holocaust world.Uniqueness of the Holocaust
For some theologians, the evils of the Holocaust were unique; others believe they can be integrated into traditional theological discourse.Responding to Modern Suffering
The Holocaust put the problem of suffering at the fore of Jewish theological discourse.Radical Theology
The findings of modern science and the tragedy of the Holocaust led some Jewish thinkers to redefine God.
The ArtsAnne Frank
Who was the famous young diarist?Vedem
The secret magazine of the boys of Terezin.Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel brought the Holocaust and its survival to the American public.Art Spiegelman
Using a medium often associated with lightheartedness to portray the horrors of the Holocaust.Women in Holocaust Literature
Many women who wrote about the Holocaust explored issues related to gender and sexuality.