Holocaust Education

Welcome to the subject guide for Holocaust Education.  This guide is a collaboration between MacOdrum Library and the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) at the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies (ZC) at Carleton University.  

Reference materials are a valuable resource when exploring a topic.  Use dictionaries to help with terminology. Encyclopedias provide background information,  an overview of topics and issues and often lead you to further readings.

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Finding Books

The library has a search tool Omni that allows you do just one search to find books, newspaper articles, journals, and journal articles.  You can also search for government information, videos, games and more. 

Results for books and eBooks are high in Omni as this search tool retrieves relevant articles or chapters within books.

If something is available online, click on the "Available Online" link.  If something is available in paper copy, Omni will give you the floor location and the call number. Y,ou will need the call number to find the item on the shelf, when users can gain  physical access to the Library building.  

If you know the title of the item you seek, perform a Title search.

If you know the author, perform an Author search.  Enter the author's name with the surname first.

Otherwise, try a Keyword search. 

Example:        Compare the following searches - 
                         holocaust and education - 141 hits                      
                         "holocaust education" - 14 hits

For biographies, do a keyword search 
                    holocaust AND biograph*

Some relevant subject headings are:

  • Auschwitz (Concentration camp)  or names of other camps 
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Historiography
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Study and teaching 
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Jewish resistance
  • Refugees, Jewish 
     

Some Search Tips

Use the tips below in your search statement to obtain meaningful results: 

  • Use keywords only, do not search using a full sentence
  • Use quotation marks when searching a phrase  "Holocaust education"
  • Combine keywords for different ideas with AND
  • Combine synonyms or similar words for an idea with OR
  • Use the * at the end of the root of a word to find all the forms of that word                 

​Note:

Results for books and eBooks are high in Omni as this search tool retrieves relevant articles or chapters within books.

If something is available online, click on the "Available Online" link.  If something is available in paper copy, Omni will give you the floor location and the call number. Y,ou will need the call number to find the item on the shelf, when the Library building is open to users for physical access to its collection.         

Key Databases:

Use the suggested databases below to find scholarly journal articles.  For interdiscliplinary topics in religion, consult the library's subject guides for additional databases and key resources.   

A few tips:
1.  Look at all writings by a relevant author and co-authors.
2.  Explore the bibliography of a relevant article for more articles.
3.  Discover if the articles have been cited since publication.  Scroll further down to Citation Searching for information and examples.   

Good to know:

  1. Within a database, limit your search to scholarly articles when it is appropriate to disregard other resources.
  2. Never limit to full-text only as we may subscribe to the journal you find from another vendor.  Use the Get it! icon to search for the full text when it is not immediately available.
  3. Use available options to search more than one database at a time.
  4. Look for the option to set up an RSS feed or to Create an Alert.  You are then notified when a new entry is added to the database that meets your search criteria.
  5. Use the Interlibrary Loans RACER form to request items not held at Carleton’s library.  

Archives

Search the internet for archival and primary sources.

Primary Sources

A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. They may also present original thinking, new discoveries or new information collected at the time of an event.

Types of primary sources:

Original documents (including excerpts and translations): diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, technical reports, empirical studies (research based on scientific and experimental results), news film footage, autobiographies, official records, ancient literature, magazine and newspaper articles, public opinion polls, medical charts.

Creative works: poetry, drama, novels, printed music, sound recordings, art.

Relics or artifacts: pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings. 

In Omni look for documents by subject:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Sources

For personal narratives:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - ​Personal narratives

Or by country:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - ​Hungary - Personal narratives

Look for images on the internet:

Statistics

Government Information

     Canada 

     Foreign

        Go to the official website of a country and search within it for holocaust documents.

     United States 

     Great Britain 

     Germany

Laws & Legistation

Using Omni, do a keyword search to find books in the collection:
               law and holocaust

There are also many good resources from associations and organizations online:

Search the library's map collection.

Atlases

  • Geographies of the Holocaust / Anne Kelly Knowles, et. al. (2014) (Online

Print Maps

Online Maps

Videos

The library has a growing film collection.  Search Omni by keyword search, and limit Material Type to "Video/Film".

Other Collections

Search Watmedia: Media Catalog Search to locate videos at other Ontario universities.  If you wish to borrow a video listed in Watmedia please fill out our Interfilm Video Request form - do not submit requests directly to Watmedia.

Classroom Viewing

Since 2012, you may show a film in class without needing public performance rights as long as you are using a legal copy.

If you have any questions regarding public performance rights, please contact the Head of Access Services

Other Media

Search for news sources both current and historical from the library's collection of news databases.
The historical collection includes:

Music

To find works on music and the holocaust, do a keyword search:
          keyword  music and holocaust

Look for related Subject Headings
          Music -- Germany -- 20th century -- History and criticism
          Jews -- Poland -- Music -- History and criticism

Look for articles in Music Index Online and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature.

Content last reviewed: August 10, 2020