The Holocaust
The Essential Reference Guide
by Paul R. Bartrop and Eve E. Grimm
May 2022, 329pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7778-0
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The Holocaust claimed the lives of approximately 6 million Jews, 1 million of whom were children under the age of 12, and half a million of whom were aged between 12 and 18.

This volume provides an indispensable resource for anyone studying the Holocaust. The reference entries are enhanced by documents and other tools that make this volume a vital contribution to Holocaust research.

This volume showcases a detailed look at the multifaceted attempts by Germany’s Nazi regime, together with its collaborators, to annihilate the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust. Several introductory essays, along with a rich chronology, reference entries, primary documents, images, and a bibliography provide crucial information that readers will need in order to try to understand the Holocaust while undertaking research on that horrible event.

This text looks not only at the history of the Holocaust, but also at examples of resistance (through armed violence, attempts at rescue, or the very act of survival itself); literary and cultural expressions that have attempted to deal with the Holocaust; the social and psychological implications of the Holocaust for today; and how historians and others have attempted to do justice to the memory of those killed and seek insight into why the Holocaust happened in the first place.


  • Comprehensively examines all angles of the Holocaust within one easily readable volume written by experts
  • Includes primary documents, with appropriate introductions, to set the historical and contemporary contexts for the entries
  • Contains useful chronologies of the events surrounding the Holocaust
  • Provides a number of contextualizing essays on various facets of the Holocaust, which precede the reference entries themselves
Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, is a multi-award-winning Holocaust and genocide scholar. He is professor emeritus of history at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, where he previously served as director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Research. He is also an Honorary Principal Fellow in History at the University of Melbourne. He has taught at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Virginia Commonwealth University, Deakin University, the University of South Australia, and Monash University. Author, editor, or coeditor of 24 books, his published works with ABC-CLIO include Children of the Holocaust; Modern Genocide: Analyzing the Controversies and Issues; Resisting the Holocaust: Upstanders, Partisans, and Survivors; The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection; Bosnian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide; and others.

Eve E. Grimm was formerly a senior advisor to the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. An Australian lawyer with advanced qualifications in law, she has written about the German legal profession during the Nazi period and the Holocaust. She was a part of the legal team that provided comment on the State of Victoria's racial vilification legislation and served as a member of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission in Australia. Her published work has appeared in the journal Without Prejudice. She coauthored (with Paul R. Bartrop) Perpetrating the Holocaust: Leaders, Enablers, and Collaborators and Children of the Holocaust.
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