The bibliographies mentioned here are only a sampling of what is available. Many bibliographies have been compiled over the years covering just about every source written on and about the Holocaust. For coverage of bibliographies about the Holocaust see Holocaust Studies: A Directory and Bibliography of Bibliographies; the second listing in the Directory section of this guide.

1. The Bibliography on Holocaust Literature by Abraham and Hershel Edelheit (Westview Press, 1986)

The Bibliography on Holocaust Literature by Abraham and Hershel Edelheit (Westview Press, 1986) is divided into four parts: Before the Storm, The Perpetrators, The Crucible (which covers Concentration Camps, Resistance, Bystanders, Europe Under Nazism, etc.), and the Aftermath. Each part has an introduction to the subjects that are covered and the entire book is prefaced with an introduction to the history of the time period. Coverage is made up almost entirely of periodical literature, though some books are covered. An author index is offered to assist users in accessing the material. The coverage of this publication is enlarged by a 1990 supplement, which includes a subject index, and author/title index, as well as a glossary. The supplement also adds dissertations to the material covered.

2. Holocaust Literature: Handbook of Critical Historical and Literary Writings (Greenwood Press, 1993)

According to Saul S. Friedman, the editor of Holocaust Literature: Handbook of Critical Historical and Literary Writings (Greenwood Press, 1993), the main purpose of the book is to aid people who “…need to grasp the dimensions of the Holocaust in depth and who want to know which books on specific subjects come highly recommended and which should be avoided.”

The book is divided into three parts: Conceptual Approaches to the Holocaust, Holocaust Area Studies, and Holocaust in Education and the Arts. Within each part are several essays written by prominent Holocaust academics. Each essay has a clear synopsis of the issue being discussed and a justification for all the selected recommended and non-recommended texts. Each part is also followed by a select bibliography.

The book is prefaced by an essay on the “Foundations of Holocaust Historiography” plus a scope and purpose essay. Special features include an author/title index, a subject index and a biographical section on the contributors of the book. Familiarity with the Holocaust and all its subdivisions is helpful when using this source.

3. The Guide to Jewish History Under Nazi Impact, written by Jacob Robinson and Philip Friedman, (YIVO, 1973)

The Guide to Jewish History Under Nazi Impact, written by Jacob Robinson and Philip Friedman, (YIVO, 1973) can be a difficult source because many of the entries are in foreign languages, including Hebrew, German, French and Russian. Most entries are not annotated.

The book is divided into four parts: Jewish Catastrophe in Historical Perspective, Reference Tools, Research: Institutions, Methods and Techniques, and Documentation. Each part has its own appendix. Materials covered include books, periodicals, serials, audio-visual material and maps.

Six indexes (personal name, corporate authors, titles, list of defendants, places, and subject) help the user. A glossary is also included, though knowledge of foreign languages is helpful.

4. The The Holocaust: An Annotated Bibliography and Resource Guide, compiled by David M. Szonyi, (KTAV Publishing House, 1985)

The Holocaust: An Annotated Bibliography and Resource Guide, compiled by David M. Szonyi, (KTAV Publishing House, 1985) is one of the most useful bibliographies available. Divided into thirteen parts, it covers everything a researcher, student and teacher might need.

  • The first part, the bibliography is divided into three sub-parts: scholarship: memoir and nonfiction, literature of the holocaust, and literature (fiction and nonfiction) for young adults. The bibliographies are annotated.

The remainder of the book is divided into twelve interesting and useful resources:

  • audio-visuals (all of which were available for rent at the time the book was published)
  • Jewish music resources for Holocaust programming
  • traveling exhibits and resource kits
  • Holocaust education and commemoration centers/research institutes/archives
  • a directory of Holocaust memorials and landmarks in the U.S. and Canada
  • an introduction to high school Holocaust curricula
  • a section on Holocaust teacher development
  • a directory of Holocaust survivor and children of Holocaust survivor groups
  • essays about and excerpts from Yom HaShoah and Day of Remembrance services
  • oral histories
  • a how-to on getting speakers on the Holocaust (including names and addresses)
  • a section on how to obtain funding for Holocaust related research and programming.

5. The Holocaust: An Annotated Bibliography (ALA, 1985)

The Holocaust: An Annotated Bibliography (ALA, 1985),a small bibliography that offers useful annotations on many books written about the Holocaust

6. Genocide In Our Times: An Annotated Bibliography with Analytical Introductions, part of Pierian Press’ Contemporary Issues Series (1992)

Genocide In Our Times: An Annotated Bibliography with Analytical Introductions, part of Pierian Press’ Contemporary Issues Series (1992), is a very valuable book covering sources on all the major genocides of the modern era. It is divided into eight chapters of which three are dedicated to the Holocaust.

7. First Person Accounts of Genocidal Acts Committed in the Twentieth Century: An Annotated Bibliography, written by Samuel Totten (Greenwood Press, 1991)

First Person Accounts of Genocidal Acts Committed in the Twentieth Century: An Annotated Bibliography, written by Samuel Totten (Greenwood Press, 1991), is another valuable source covering all memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, etc. written by people who experienced any of the major genocides of the twentieth century.

8. Vera Laska’s Nazism, Resistance and the Holocaust in World War II: A Bibliography (Scarecrow Press, 1985)

Vera Laska’s Nazism, Resistance and the Holocaust in World War II: A Bibliography (Scarecrow Press, 1985), a small bibliography that covers books on most aspects of the Holocaust.