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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Diana Zborowski Center Bibliographical Guide?

The Holocaust continues to leave its mark on survivors, their children and grandchildren, the Jewish people and the world at large. The purpose of the Bibliographical Guide is to facilitate research on the consequences and implications of the Holocaust by defining a series of relevant topics and making bibliographical information on these topics available through this website.

What is included in the Bibliographical Guide?

Printed materials in all languages pertaining to the effects of the Holocaust.

Is it possible to search by a topic which is not in the drop-down menu?

No. but by using the subject field you can list different subjects or narrow a search by inserting a second term. For more complex search options and explanations use the Yad Vashem Library homepage.

What is the relationship between the Bibliographical Guide and the Yad Vashem Library?

The mandate of the Yad Vashem Library is to collect all printed material relating to the Holocaust and its aftermath. In preparing the Bibliographical Guide we found that approximately 25% of the collection of the Yad Vashem Library pertains to survivors and the postwar ramifications of the Holocaust and not to the events of the Holocaust itself. The predefined bibliographical searches found in the Guide are wholly based on the database of the library holdings.

Where can I locate the books listed in the Bibliographical Guide?

The books can all be found in the Yad Vashem Library in Jerusalem. Many are also available through local libraries and commercial book dealers.

Does the Bibliographical Guide include articles?

Though the database includes numerous articles, it is not comprehensive and there are many relevant articles which are not included. Other databases such as Lekket Rambi – the index of articles on Jewish Studies provide fuller coverage.

Why does the Bibliographical Guide include memoirs and works of fiction?

Memoirs and works of fiction provide different perspectives on the Holocaust experience and thus expand the research possibilities.

Does the Bibliographical Guide include non-library materials?

At this stage the database is limited to published matter. Yad Vashem’s online Photo Archive includes thousands of pictures pertaining to the post-war experience which can be accessed by selected the pre-set search on Sheerith Hapletah (see under "Most Requested Searches").

I know of a good book on survivors which I did not locate in the database. Why not?

The Yad Vashem library strives to be comprehensive, but occasionally there is a book which we have overlooked or were not able to obtain. Also, it is possible that we have the book but that it is not classified under one of the predefined search topics.

Can you give me advice on a topic that I am researching?

Individuals conducting post-graduate research related to the aftermath of the Holocaust are welcome to contact the Diana Zborowski Center for the Study of the Aftermath of the Shoah – Most undergraduate researchers and other students will be better served by the teaching faculty and librarians of their home institutions. Survivors and their family members are served through the Reference & Information Services of Yad Vashem

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