Introduction to this Research Guide
This Research Guide is designed to help you find research resources related to the Holocaust.
Most of these research resources about the Holocaust focus on the historical time period of 1933 - 1945.
Introduction ... What is the Holocaust?
From the Holocaust Encyclopedia of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:
"The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. "Holocaust" is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were "racially superior" and that the Jews, deemed "inferior," were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community. During the era of the Holocaust, German authorities also targeted other groups because of their perceived "racial inferiority": Roma (Gypsies), the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals."
More about the Holocaust from the USHMM Holocaust Encyclopedia