1. History of the Holocaust: A Handbook and Dictionary (Westview Press, 1994)

History of the Holocaust: A Handbook and Dictionary (Westview Press, 1994), Edited by Abraham J.and Hershel Edelheit is both a dictionary and a basic encyclopedia. As stated by the editors, this book serves three main purposes: to provide the reader with a general overview of the Holocaust, to tabulate any data on the Holocaust that can be reduced to tabular form and to gather in one place as many terms dealing directly and indirectly with the Holocaust.It is divided into two parts. The first 156 pages are divided into nine chapters ranging from 10-20 pages, which give an introductory overview to the Holocaust and World War II. The nine chapters are:

  • Antecedents
  • World War I & its Aftermath
  • Nazi Totalitarian State
  • The Shoa
  • Geography of the Holocaust
  • Jewish Responses to Persecution
  • Jewish-Gentile Relations in extremis
  • International Responses
  • Aftermath & Recovery

The second part of the book is the dictionary–a comprehensive listing of terms important to the study of the Holocaust. The dictionary includes English, Hebrew, German and Yiddish words, and a few words from each country affected by the Holocaust. Definitions are long and cover every aspect of the term, plus background and subdivisions when applicable (i.e. scope, code names, etc.).

In addition to the definitions, this section includes approximately 40 charts, some graphs, maps and photographs. The end of the book includes a list of further reading divided by type of literature. Indexes include name, place and subject.

2. Who’s Who in Nazi Germany

Who’s Who in Nazi Germany is a biographical dictionary. It is a source for those interested in persons of the Third Reich. An unfortunate drawback to the book is the lack of a subject index. The user must know who did what. Otherwise the user must browse through all entries to find someone who is related to the subject matter.The 350 individuals included in the dictionary are high ranking Nazis, scientists, literary and art figures, diplomatic personalities, churchmen, entertainers, industrialists and some German resisters.

Entries range anywhere from a long paragraph to three pages, with a few exceptions such as Hitler. Special features include a glossary, a bibliography and a comparative ranking chart that shows the relation between ranks in the German Army, the SS, and the British and American armies.