Resources for the Study of Simon Wiesenthal’s The Sunflower

  • Holocaust Survivors – Originally a photography project, “Holocaust Survivors” has developed into a touring exhibit and a Website. Directed by John Menszer, this . . . site, with its photo gallery, survivor stories, and especially the audio gallery, offers students or any visitor invaluable personal accounts of the Holocaust. To help users place these in the larger context, the site provides an historical introduction , an encyclopedia, a collection of primary documents and scholarly articles, a bibliography, and related links. The site also hosts a discussion board. (Description from The Scout Report)
  • Voices of the Holocaust – This remarkable resource is provided by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where, in 1998, library staff uncovered a sixteen-volume set of typescripts of 70 interviews of Holocaust survivors conducted in 1946. In that year, Dr. David Pablo Boder (a professor at IIT) travelled to Europe and recorded 109 interviews (200 hours) on a wire recorder, 70 of which he later transcribed in English. While numerous excellent projects to record the experiences of survivors have been undertaken, this one is unique in that the interviews took place only one year after liberation, while the victims were still in displaced persons camps throughout Europe. The full text of the 70 interviews, along with a profile, summary, and in a few cases, the audio recording (in German, Yiddish, or Polish), have been placed on the site. The interviews may be browsed alphabetically or searched via a keyword search engine. A few problems were encountered using the latter, but the site as a whole is simply a wonderful resource for researchers, teachers, students, or anyone who wants to learn more about heartbreaking and incredible stories of loss and survival during the Holocaust. (Description from The Scout Report)4
  • “Revenge Is Mine” – An interview with William Katenstein, who was born in pre-war Germany, was persecuted as a Jew, emigrated to the United States, and eventually fought the Nazis in Holland, where he was a paratrooper and later an interpreter/interrogator with HQ Company of the 505 PIR. This interview is part of the splendid oral history site for World War II veterans, “The Drop Zone.”