Recommended reading
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Recommended readings and links

Key readings

Ann Beaglehole - Jewish Refugees in New Zealand (PDF)
A history of New Zealand immigration policy post-war

Historians’ Interpretations of the Holocaust (PDF)
A summary of the key interpretations, particularly the intentionalist versus functionalist arguments

Traditional Hatred of Judaism (PDF)
A summary of Jewish history in Europe and the origins of Anti-Semitism

The Minutes of the Wannsee Protocol
A group of leading Nazi officials involved with the implementation of measure involving Jews came together at a villa ourside Berlin to plan the murder of the Jews of Europe. The Wannsee Conference lasted a mere hour. It approved the programme to kill the approximately 11 million Jews living in Europe, breaking the numbers into Jewish populations country by country.

 

Websites

Holocaust Centre of New Zealand
Key resource in the Wellington region, plus web page with links, further reading and survivor testimonies from New Zealand Jewish Holocaust survivors.

Yad Vashem
Israel’s remembrance authority. Huge archive of resources, especially good for primary source materials.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Teacher and student friendly site. Good summaries of key information and lesson ideas.

University of Southern California, Shoah Institute
A digital archive of survivor testimonies

 

Documentaries and mini-series

Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution, BBC Written by Laurence Rees, containing new research and perspectives on the Holocaust. Combines rare footage with CGI illustrations and dramatic reconstructions.

Nazis – A Warning from History, Ian Kershaw, BBC Documentary on the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Kershaw focuses on ordinary German’s and Europeans as collaborators and bystanders

Band of Brothers, Steven Spielberg, Episode 9 - Dramatised take on American soldiers liberating concentration camps. To be used in context.

The Power of Good – Nicholas Winton documentary about the remarkable story of a rescuer of Jewish children. Lots of web resources but only clips from the documentary online at this stage

Shoah, Claude Lanzmann, Film A 1985 film where director Lanzmann interviews people who were involved in various ways in the Holocaust, and visits the different places they discuss. Running time: 9 hours.

 

Texts

Brooman, Josh, Germany 1918-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship, Edinburgh: Pearson, 2nd. Ed, 2005
Goldhagen, Daniel, Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, London: Abacus, 1997
Browning, Christopher, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland, New York: HarperCollins, 1992
Sereny, Gitta, The German Trauma: Experiences and Reflections, 1938-1999, Penguin: 2001
Evans, Richard J, The Coming of the Third Reich: How the Nazis Destroyed Democracy and Seized Power in Germany, Penguin: 2004
Schweber, Simone, Making sense of the Holocaust: lessons from classroom practice, Teachers College Press: 2004

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