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Encyclopedia of the Holocaust

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Originally published  1990
Editor  Israel Gutman
Author  Israel Gutman
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The Holocaust books  The Destruction of the Eur, The War Against the Jews, Atlas of the Holocaust, Belzec - Sobibor - Treblinka, The Jews of Warsaw - 1939‑194

The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (1990) has been called "the most recognized reference book on the Holocaust". It was published in an English-language translated edition by Macmillan in tandem with the Hebrew language original edition published by Yad Vashem (יד ושם), the Holocaust Remembrance Authority in Israel. All its contributors are reputable Holocaust scholars and academics. Although the encyclopedia is easy to read and use and contains no disturbing pictures, it is not recommended for users younger than high school age.


The Encyclopedia was the winner of the 1991 American Library Association’s Dartmouth Medal.


  • Basic introductory overview of the Holocaust written by Elie Wiesel.
  • Glossary
  • Chronology
  • Maps, illustrations, photographs
  • Persons of interest
  • Places of interest (including concentration camps, ghettos, murder sites)
  • Political movements and resistance movements.
  • Major Jewish organizations in Germany 1893-1943
  • Structure of the einsatzgruppen
  • Nuremberg Trial results
  • Subsequent Nuremberg proceedings
  • Subsequent British trial results
  • Estimated Jewish losses in the Holocaust
  • International Editorial Board

    Editor in chief:

  • Israel Gutman, Yad Vashem; Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • The other editors:

  • Yitzhak Arad, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
  • Yehuda Bauer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Randolph L. Braham, City University of New York
  • Martin Broszat (1926–1989), University of Munich
  • Christopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina
  • Richard I. (Yerachmiel) Cohen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Henry L. Feingold, City University of New York
  • Saul Friedländer, Tel Aviv University
  • Martin Gilbert, University of London
  • Andreas Hillgruber (1925–1989), University of Cologne
  • Eberhard Jäckel, University of Stuttgart
  • Steven Katz, Boston University, USA
  • Shmuel Krakowski, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
  • Otto Dov Kulka, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Dov Levin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Czesław Madajczyk, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
  • Michael Marrus, University of Toronto
  • György Ránki, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
  • Jehuda Reinharz, Brandeis University, USA
  • Shmuel Spector, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
  • Jerzy Tomaszewski, University of Warsaw
  • Aharon Weiss, Yad Vashem; University of Haifa
  • Leni Yahil, University of Haifa
  • Geoffrey Wigoder editor of the english edition.
  • References

    Encyclopedia of the Holocaust Wikipedia

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