Using this Site
Some things to keep in mind when using this web site:
Online material only:
This site is designed as a guide to information about the Holocaust that is available online. Much of the material about these topics is not available online, but can only be found in print. I have attempted to provide some suggestions and links to content that is not to be found on the internet, including bibliographies, documentation and archive centers, books and videos.
Holocaust Online is not intended to replace the vast amount of excellent material that is currently only available in print. For those interested in more in-depth information about any topic, you are encouraged to visit your local or school library.
We have included a section on bibliographies that can provide you with lists of suggested reading material on specific subjects. This can serve as a useful resource to make your library search easier.
English language content:
The vast majority of the links are for English-language content, with a few exceptions. In certain cases, as with governmental sites providing access to original documents, the page is in English, but the documents or other information is in German, or another language.
The organization of the information presented here is based on my own decisions and perspective, in terms of how best to present and break down the content in a meaningful and useful manner. This has been based on an extensive review of the online content, but is certainly not the only way this could have been approached.
Many of the links refer to articles that are based on the opinions of the writers, which are their own. Holocaust Online makes no claims regarding the accuracy or validity of these opinions, which might vary on any given topic. There are many topics and issues that are still subject to interpretation and debate that are within the bounds of acceptable public discourse. In many cases, links to differing interpretations and viewpoints have been provided, in order to provide some context and a more balanced perspective. Users are always encouraged to do additional research on their own, and to not rely on any single source that might be open to interpretation.
The Holocaust is a topic that is subject to controversy and dispute, despite the extensive and irrefutable historical record. This means that there is a risk of “historical revisionism” entering into some of the content, which is impossible to control for. There are many web sites and authors whose goal is to prove that the Holocaust has been exaggerated, or even that it never happened – that the whole thing is some kind of “hoax”.
The internet is full of revisionist arguments and theories about the facts of the holocaust. These articles are often presented under the guise of serious historical discourse, based on the premise that many of the facts of history are actually open to debate, based on an in-depth analysis of “evidence” that they have uncovered and dissected in great detail. Many of these articles go into great detail in analysing the smallest details of some aspect of this history. – This gives them the impression of being “scientific” articles that are trying to somehow get at the “real truth”.
I have tried as much as possible to avoid these types of sites and articles, which serve no valid purpose other than to fuel the conspiracy-crazed fantasies of certain individuals who have an unsavoury agenda. – Please use caution and judgement when carrying out any further research on any of these topics.
Certain links will appear in more than one section of the site, as there is frequent overlap in certain topics. Every attempt has been made to avoid having a link appear more than once under a given heading. Please advise us if you come across any such duplication.
In certain cases these provide a good overview of complicated or important topics and events. These are not generally suitable for academic purposes, but can still be useful as a starting point for further research on a topic. Some of these articles may be subject to inaccuracies and bias, given the public nature of Wikipedia and the many contributors to each article. As usual, users should approach with caution and verify the information with other sources.
Source of information:
It is always important to keep in mind where the information is coming from. Some of the articles in these links are based on the agenda of the people or organizations behind the sites. It is the responsibility of the user to look into and evaluate the credentials of the site, and to consider what types of biases or agenda they may or may not have.
In many cases, it is fairly easy to find out more about the organization behind the web site, and the mission of the site is quite clear. In other cases however, this is harder to determine. This means that readers should exercise caution in using sources that they are not sure about. In these situations, it would be recommended to cross-check the information with other sources.
Inclusion of a link or site in no ways constitutes approval of the content, the writer or the site. We cannot control for , or take any responsibility for any inaccurate or misleading information on any of the pages linked to. Users are encouraged to take advantage of the multiple sources available for most topics, in order to verify any information, as well as using any other reputable sources. Content is property of web sites: HolocaustOnline.org assumes no responsibility for any of the content in these links.