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Landsberger Holocaust Collection

"Stretching from 1933 to 1945, the Holocaust was Nazi Germany's state-sanctioned persecution of Europe's nine million Jews and other minorities. It began with restrictive laws that were passed when Adolf Hitler took power, and eventually encouraged a level of anti-Semitic hatred sufficient to result in the deaths of at least six million Jewish men, women, and children, as well as many thousands of other targeted groups: Gypsies, Freemasons, artists and intellectuals, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, prisoners of war, and Communists and other political opponents. The Nazis' horrifying complex of concentration camps that stretched across Europe and even into North Africa found its ultimate expression in six death camps built by the Germans in Poland for the express purpose of exterminating as many Jews as quickly as technology and hate allowed."  
(The Holocaust Chronicle, 2002 Publications International, Ltd.)
Although much has been written since the Holocaust, recently books and oral testimony have been pouring forth in ever increasing numbers.  Among scholars, writers and witnesses, there is an urgent need to record the recollections and interpretations of the sufferers and survivors as their numbers dwindle.  For many of them, the pain has been too great to speak publicly before.  The need to compel us to remember, despite the passage of time, is evident in their work.  The Landsberger Collection is an ongoing grant to acquire the newest and best books on the Holocaust.

This special collection is located on the mezzanine of the Library.

For further information on the Holocaust, visit the following websites:

Holocaust Encyclopedia, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Holocaust Chronicle

Museum of Tolerance, Simon Wiesenthal Center

Avalon ProjectYale University

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