The Holocaust, including the breakdown of democracy in Germany and the steps leading to the Nazis' organized murder of six million Jews and millions of other innocent victims, forms the core case study of Facing History and Ourselves. Facing History classrooms help students understand that history is not inevitable, and that the choices of ordinary citizens shape our lives and the lives of those around us. We are committed to helping students around the world understand this history in order to develop their skills of ethical reasoning, critical thinking, tolerance and empathy.

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BBC Archive - Witnessing the Holocaust
These program and documents chart the reactions and personal testimonies of some of those who witnessed the Nazis' "Final Solution". Interviews, journals and documentaries starkly convey the realities of the camps. Survivors recount their experiences of the genocide and its continuing legacy. This collection also illustrates the shock felt by the liberators and how the atrocities were revealed by UK broadcasters.

Centropa
This site contains the largest online library of privately owned pre and post-Holocaust family photographs and oral histories. The site also contains historical reports, fiction and memoirs, photographer's notes, and feature articles.

German Propaganda Archive
The goal of this site is to help people understand the two great totalitarian systems of the 20th Century by giving them access to the primary material.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is a British organization. Its vision is that the Holocaust and subsequent genocides are known; that victims are commemorated and lessons learnt are translated into contemporary action in the UK. The site includes history, eyewitness accounts, and notices of upcoming events.

Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation
This site teaches about the tens of thousands of young people who stood up to Nazi tyranny and oppression to save the lives of Jews. The site features a model of a partisan bunker, as well as the ability to ask a panel of partisans questions online.

The Holocaust Chronicle
Online version of the Holocaust Chronicle, the 800 page and 1,800 image-filled book conceived and published as a not-for-profit project by Chicago-based Publications International, Ltd.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum stimulates leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy. The website provides online exhibits and educational materials about the Holocaust and genocide prevention.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute, University of Southern California
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1994 to collect and preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.

Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs'and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Yad Vashem documents the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period, preserving the memory and story of each of the six million victims, and imparting the legacy of the Holocaust for generations to come through its archives, library, school, museums and recognition of the Righteous Among the Nations. The site includes extensive educational materials.