Many other reference sources contain material related to the Holocaust. They are valuable for the different information and points of view that they offer.
1. The Oxford Companion to World War II (1995)
The Oxford Companion to World War II (1995) covers every possible aspect of World War II. Small print; articles range in length from long paragraphs to over 10 pages. Tables of contents are included with longer articles.
Special features include 120 maps, a chronology, an appendix of place-name changes, tables, graphs, and photographs. This book is an excellent introductory source for information about the Holocaust from a larger and more general perspective. An entry on the Final Solution is supplemented by smaller entries on most of the major concentration/death camps and on key concepts related to the Holocaust.
2. The The Black Book: Documents the Nazis’ Destruction of 1.5 million Soviet Jews published by the Holocaust Library, 1980
The Black Book: Documents the Nazis’ Destruction of 1.5 million Soviet Jews published by the Holocaust Library, 1980. it is a collection of documents and archival material including letters, essays, articles from newspapers of the time, testimonies, and excerpts of reports. The book is divided geographically by countries within the former Soviet Union. An index of place names is included.
3. The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies, published by the Jewish National and University Library
The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies, published by the Jewish National and University Library, is a bi-annual periodical index. In existence for more than 40 years, it covers thousands of periodicals and article collections in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and most European languages.
All the various fields of Jewish Studies and the study of Israel are included. Most of the periodicals and articles indexed are found in the Jewish National and University Library. The index is primarily in English and Hebrew though many entries are in other languages. None of the entries are annotated. The index is also available online on the “ALEPH” system.
The table of contents, subject index, author index and list of periodicals are each in both an English section and a Hebrew section. The book is numbered and must be read Hebrew style.
Of most interest to the Holocaust scholar is Part 9: Jewish History in the Diaspora’s section entitled “The Holocaust Period”.
4. Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chamber (1989) written by Jean-Claude Pressac
An interesting, if disturbing, resource Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chamber (1989) was written by Jean-Claude Pressac a Holocaust doubter who wanted to prove to himself and the world that the concentration and death camps really existed. It is a “scientific rebuttal of those who deny the gas chambers.”
The book is divided into five parts:
- Delousing gas chambers and other disinfestation installations
- Extermination instruments
- Auschwitz and the revisionists
- Unrealised future of K.L. Auschwitz-Birkenau
The chapters include photos, diagrams, schematics, quotes and testimonies. All the information is based on documents kept at the Auschwitz State Museum. Although the information is very scientific and sometimes hard to read, the book is a valuable resource for those studying the concentration and death camps and other related topics.