For our History Day project, our topic was the Holocaust. To be more specific, we focused on the topics of the concentration and extermination camps during this time. We decided to do the Holocaust not only because it is so interesting, but because it is a big part of history. It has changed so much, to this day, and we were interested in learning the details about it. We did a lot of research and the first thing we did was construct our thesis. Our thesis is: “Implementation of Hitler’s “Final Solution” in midst of World War II marked a major turning point in the genocidal aspect of the war; from now on the Jewish and “undesirable” populations the Nazis discriminated against would be systematically exterminat3ed to ensure their demise.” To find necessary research so that we were able to have a sufficient background on our topic, we used about 10-15 reliable websites. We were able to find out details about the camps such as where they were and what went on at them. Also, one of the websites provided a timeline that was very useful to our knowledge. To put all the research that we have found together, we created a website on weebly.com. It came along very nicely as we work together really well.
"John Demjanjuk: Prosecution of A Nazi Collaborator." Holocaust Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2013. This website is an encyclopedia about the holocaust. It gave us a lot of specific information about the holocaust and the concentration camps. The material was broken down into sections, making it easier to gather and understand the information. We used it to help describe what went on at the camps.
Holocaust Historical Overview:
"The Holocaust - Historical Overview." The Holocaust - Historical Overview. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2013.
This website had a historical overview and background about the Holocaust. It had the information broken down into time periods and was very detailed. This was extremely helpful when we described the turning point of the holocaust.
"The Holocaust." Holocaust History. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2013.
Not only did this website provide information of the Holocaust, but it provided a background on the Nazis and how they felt about the Jewish. Also, it had a section on the reaction of the rest of the world was not just interesting to read about but helped us in realizing how important the holocaust was. It helped us to realize how serious and brutal this was.
Holocaust/ Shoah Page:
"The Holocaust." N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Feb. 2013.
This website told what exactly happened to the Jewish during the Holocaust. It explained how they were treated, what they went through, and what was done to them. It also described how it tore apart the families and gave examples of that. This was very helpful to us when we looked for information on the damage done to the Jewish who were apart of this terrible act.
"The Extermination Camps." The Extermination Camps. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.
This website was broken down into the numerous extermination camps. Considering that the extermination and concentration camps is our topic of the Holocaust, this website was used to tell the difference between each camp and what was done differently at each one.
"The Holocaust." N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.
This website is all about the holocaust concentration and extermination camps. It included a map of all the camps of where they were located and also, a timeline of when the camps opened, how many they killed, and what they used to kill them with. This was helpful when locating the camps.
This website had a listing of the major, most popular camps during the Holocaust and allowed you to click on them individually and read more about them. It also provides information on what was used at each camp to murder the Jews, such as gas chambers. It gave us a good background and valid information that we used to write our information out.
"Holocaust Timeline: The Camps." Holocaust Timeline: The Camps. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.
This website had a timeline of all the major events of the Holocaust. The timeline started with 1941 and ends at 1942. It included information such as the usage of gas vans and so on. This helped us to gain an understanding of how the Holocaust progressed and put everything in order.
This website told all about the Holocaust and had information on everything involving the Holocaust, such as concentration camps, Jewish history, children in the Holocaust, the roots of the Holocaust and much more. This source allowed us to view every aspect of the Holocaust and understand it better, too.
Interviews: "Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive." Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.
This website was one of the most useful ones that we were able to find. It was a bunch of interviews of people who were in the Holocaust and survived. Not many survived so having these people explain and describe what they were put through as a primary source was extremely useful to our knowledge. We used this information when we looked up stories of the holocaust. It was good to hear about it from someone who had a firsthand experience.
"The Holocaust: A Tragic Legacy." ThinkQuest. Oracle Foundation, n.d. Web. 4 Jan. 2013.
This website allowed us to take a virtual tour of what being in a camp would be like during the holocaust. This allowed our project to be much better because we can see what it would be like to actually be in a camp and not just read about it. Also, this website provided interviews with survivors of the camps.
"One Woman Shares Her Extraordinary Story as a Concentration Camp Survivor." Mail Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2013.
This website provided a story from a survivor of the Holocaust, Kitty Hart. The story of the survivor allowed us to see what life was like in Auschwitz, we were able to almost get an inside look at what life in the Holocaust would be like.
This website provided a story from a Holocaust survivor, Esther Raab. The story provided information on what actually being a prisoner of the Nazi’s was like. Unlike other websites that had facts about the Holocaust, this one had an actual story of what the Holocaust was like.