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Jewish Studies

A general introduction to library resources for Jewish studies. Intended audience: undergraduate students. The guide assumes no specialist background in Jewish studies.




In addition to these bibliographies, some of which might be out-of-date, some good starting places are:


Timelines, Almanacs, and Factbooks

Biographies and Memoirs

Search Tips: Try searching in the Online Catalog for subject word phrases "Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)" and "Personal narratives".

See also section 7 below, on "Holocaust in Film and Literature", for more information on finding works by Holocaust victims.

General Histories

The literature on the Holocaust is vast: this short bibliography begins with concise introductions to the history of the Holocaust, and ends with lengthier treatments. For much more on the Holocaust, try some of the browsing strategies suggested above.

Special Topic: Holocaust in Film and Literature

Research tip: try searching the catalog for subject headings Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature or Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in motion pictures.

For much more on researching film and literature, visit the Language and Literature Library.

A Shortlist of Holocaust Scholarship

This shortlist is based on a Web of Science citation report: these are, according to ISI, the 19 most frequently cited works in the Holocaust journal literature.

Schriffin, D. "Mother/Daughter Discourse in a Holocaust Oral History: 'Because Then You Admit That You're Guilty'." Narrative Inquiry. 10.1 (2000): 1-44.

Klein, Kerwin Lee. "On the Emergence of Memory in Historical Discourse." Representations. 69 (2000): 127-150.

Bartov, Omer. "Defining Enemies, Making Victims: Germans, Jews, and the Holocaust." American Historical Review. 103.3 (1998): 771-816.

LaCapra, Dominick. "Trauma, Absence, Loss." Critical Inquiry. 24.4 (1999): 696-727.

Greenberg, Irving. "History, Holocaust, and Covenant." Holocaust and Genocide Studies. 5.1 (1990): 1-12.

Michaels, Walter Benn. "You-Who-Never-Was-There: Slavery and the New Historicism, Deconstruction, and the Holocaust." Narrative. 4.1 (1996): 1-16. Republished in: The Americanization of the Holocaust. Ed. Hilene Flanzbaum. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins UP, 1999. 181-197.

Jacobs, Steven L. "Re-reading My Father's Autobiography Upon Returning from Germany and Poland." Proteus. 11.2 (1994): 17-20.

Hirsch, Marianne. "Surviving Images: Holocaust Photographs and the Work of Postmemory." Yale Journal of Criticism: Interpretation in the Humanities. 14.1 (2001): 5-37.

Katz, Steven B. "The Ethic of Expediency: Classical Rhetoric, Technology, and the Holocaust." College English. 54.3 (1992): 255-275.

Blass, Thomas. "Psychological Perspectives on the Perpetrators of the Holocaust: The Role of Situational Pressrues, Personal Dispositions, and their Interactions." Holocaust and Genocide Studies. 7.1 (1993): 30-50.

Foley, Barbara. "Fact, Fiction, Fascism: Testimony and Mimesis in Holocaust Narratives." Comparative Literature. 34.4 (1982): 330-360.

Heller, D. "Themes of Culture and Ancestry Among Children of Concentration-Camp Survivors." Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes. 45.3 (1982): 247-261.

Rosenfeld, Gavriel D. "The Politics of Uniqueness: Reflections on the Recent Polemical Turn in Holocaust and Genocide Scholarship." Holocaust and Genocide Studies. 13.1 (1999): 28-61.

Birn, Ruth Bettina. "Revising the Holocaust." Historical Journal. 40.1 (1997): 195-215. [A review of Daniel Goldhagen's book Hitler's Willing Executioners.]

Pohl, Dieter. "Die Holocaust Forschung und Goldhagens Theses." Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte. 45.1 (1997): 1-48. [A response to Daniel Goldhagen's book Hitler's Willing Executioners.]

LaCapra, Dominick. "Lanzmann's 'Shoah': Here There Is No Why." Critical Inquiry. 23.2 (1997): 231-269.

Moses, A.D. "Structure and Agency in the Holocaust: Daniel J. Goldhagen and his Critics." History and Theory. 37.2 (1998): 194-219.

Diner, Dan. "Rationalisierung und Methode: zu einem neuen Erklärungsversuch der 'Endlösung'." Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte. 40.3 (1992): 359-382.

Donahue, William Collins. "Illusions of Subtlety: Bernhard Schlink's Der 'Vorleser" and the Moral Limits of Holocaust Fiction." German Life and Letters. 54.1 (2001): 60-81.

(Report created 05-05-2008.)

For more information on Web of Science, and how it calculates impact, please visit its website.


Tips for Shelf Browsing

For the Holocaust, begin browsing at call number 940.5318 .

New Books

Recent acquisitions during the last 2 months.

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