World War II Documents

“Buchenwald Concentration Camp Prisoner Data Card for Symcho Dymant”

“Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.” Adolf Hitler

Atrocities and Other Conditions in Concentration Camps in Germany. Document No. 47, 79th Congress, 1st Session. Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1945. Web. 23 Mar. 2012. “Report of the Committee Requested by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower through the Chief of Staff, Gen. George C. Marshall to the Congress of the United States Relative to Atrocities and Other Conditions in Concentration Camps in Germany.”

“Avalon Project – The International Military Tribunal for Germany.” Avalon Project. Yale University Law School, 2008. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/imt.asp>. The International Military Tribunal for Germany Contents of The Nuremberg Trials Collection.

“Avalon Project – World War II : Documents.” Avalon Project. Avalon.law.yale.edu, 2008. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/wwii.asp>.

“Documents on Nazism, 1919-1945 (Book Review).” Rev. of Documents on Nazism, 1919-45, by Jeremy Noakes. International Affairs 51.2 (1975): 263+. EBSCOhost. Web. 21 May 2011. “The book is divided into six parts: the Rise of Nazism, the Seizure of power, the Political Structure of the The Reich, the New Social Order, Idea and Reality, Foreign Policy 1933-39, and Germany at War 1939-45.”

“Documents of the Holocaust – Germany and Austria.” Yadvashem.org. Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, 2011. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <http://www1.yadvashem.org/about_holocaust/documents/part_one.html>. Part I contains primary source documents regarding the Holocaust in Germany and Austria. Poland and the Soviet Union are included in Parts I and II.

“Documents on Nazism, 1919-1945 (Book Review).” Rev. of Documents on Nazism, 1919-45, by Jeremy Noakes. International Affairs 51.2 (1975): 263+. EBSCOhost. Web. 21 May 2011. “The book is divided into six parts: the Rise of Nazism, the Seizure of power, the Political Structure of the The Reich, the New Social Order, Idea and Reality, Foreign Policy 1933-39, and Germany at War 1939-45.”

“Documents Related to World War II.” Documents Related to World War II. Mount Holyoke College, n.d. Web. 22 June 2012. <http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/ww2.htm>.
64 pages of World War II documents chronologically. A great find!

Dodd, William E. “1935 Letter from William E. Dodd to FDR about William Randolph Hearst.” Letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 20 Mar. 1935. Rationalrevolution.com. Web. 24 Mar. 2012. <http://rationalrevolution.net/war/1935_letter_from_william_e.htm>. William E. Dodd is writing to the president to give “an exact narrative of the conversation I had on March 15 with Karl von Wiegand, for more than 25 years principal correspondent of the International News Service in Central Europe.”

“Germany: National Socialism and World War II.” – EuroDocs. 29 Dec. 2011. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Germany:_National_Socialism_and_World_War_II>. Primary documents from Nazi Germany.

Himmler, Heinrich. “The Complete Text of the Poznan Speech.” Speech. Secret Speech to OSS Officers. Poznan, Poland. 4 Oct. 1943. Holocaust-history.org. Holocaust History Project, 4 Mar. 2004. Web. 24 Mar. 2012. <http://holocaust-history.org/himmler-poznan/speech-text.shtml>. “Himmler is finishing talking about weapons factories. He is about to remind his officers of the loyalty he expects in their extermination of the Jews.”

“Holocaust Documents.” A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust. Florida Center for Instructional Technology. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/resource/document/document.htm>. “Many educators appreciate the value of using primary source materials in the classroom. The documents selected for this section provide many possibilities for classroom discussion or student activities.”

The Jaeger Report: A Chronicle of Nazi Mass Murder: One Unit, One Area, Five Months – and 137,000 Victims. Rep. Holocaust History Project. Holocaust-history. Web. 24 Mar. 2012. <http://www.holocaust-history.org/works/jaeger-report/htm/intro000.htm>. “Among all Nazi documents detailing dastardly acts of mass murder and other atrocities, the ‘Jaeger Report’ is one of the most horrifying. After his arrest by the German Police, the former SS-Standartenfuehrer Karl Jaeger defended himself by stating: ‘I was always a person with a heightened sense of duty.’”

“News Directive on Reporting the Concentration Camps.” BBC News Archive. BBC. Web. 23 Mar. 2012. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/holocaust/5133.shtml>. 19th April 1945. From the Director of European News Department. “There has never been a greater opportunity than there is now to reveal to the the world the essential truth about Nazism — Buchenwald and Belson.”

Operation Reinhard Secrecy Oath. 18 July 1942. Participants in Operation Reinhard had to swear an oath of secrecy. The oath is reproduced and translated. “Signed Obligation by SS Men Taking Part In an Extermination Operation To Observe Secrecy July 18, 1942.” http://holocaust-history.org/operation-reinhard/reinhard-oath.shtml

Rauff, Walter. “…ninety-seven Thousand Have Been Processed…” Letter to Walter Just. 5 June 1942. The Holocaust History Project. WWW.holocaust-history.org. Web. 24 Mar. 2012. <http://www.holocaust-history.org/19420605-rauff-spezialwagen/>. “This letter, sent by Willy Just to Walter Rauff on June 5, 1942, describes in great detail the “Spezialwagen” (special vans) and their operation in the gassing murders of thousands.”

Some Documents Relevant to Germany’s Invasion of Poland and Response to Great Britain’s Ultimatum. Rep. Wiretap.area.com. Web. 23 Mar. 2012. <http://wiretap.area.com/Gopher/Gov/US-History/WWII/german.39>. Documents include proclamations and an address by Adolf Hitler, and communication from the German Government to the British Government.

United States. Cong. Committee on Foreign Affairs. Punishment of War Criminals. By Samuel Rajzman. 79th Cong., 1st sess. Cong. Rept. Washington, DC: GPO, 1945. Holocuast-History.org. Holocaust History Project, 10 Mar. 2009. Web. 24 Mar. 2012. <http://holocaust-history.org/operation-reinhard/uprising-in-treblinka.shtml>. Samuel Rajzman is one of the very few survivors of the Treblinka death camp – he was lucky enough to escape. The testimony he gave, more than 60 years ago, is still important to understand the enormity of the crimes committed in that death camp and in the Final Solution. Before the war he was employed in the Miedzyrzecki Overseas Import & Export Company in Warsaw. His account, given before the American House Committee on Foreign Affairs in 1945, follows.

Wetzel, Dr. Erhard. “Vergasungsapparate” – “Gassing Devices.” Letter to Heinrich Lohse. Reich Commissar for the East. 25 Oct. 1941. The Holocaust History Project. Holocaust-history.org. Web. 24 Mar. 2012. <http://www.holocaust-history.org/19411025-wetzel-no365/>. “This letter, marked Secret, is thus one of the important links in the chain leading directly from the murder by gas of mentally and physically handicapped German citizens to the murder by gas of Jews behind the Eastern Front. It is especially valuable because, unlike most communications regarding the Final Solution, it refers to gassing using that word, rather than a euphemism.”

Wiesenthal Center Annual Report Points to Lack of Political Will and Holocaust Distortion as Major Obstacles to Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals; Praises Hungary for Indictment of Dr. Sandor Kepiro; Three New Names on Center’s “Most Wanted”. Rep. Wiesenthal Center. Wiesenthal.com. Web. 23 Mar. 2012. <http://www.wiesenthal.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=lsKWLbPJLnF&b=4441467&ct=9378529&printmode=1>. “Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today released the initial findings of its tenth Annual Status Report on the Worldwide Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals, which covers the period from April 1, 2010 until March 31, 2011 and awarded grades ranging from A (highest) to F to evaluate the efforts and results achieved by more than three dozen countries which were either the site of Nazi crimes or admitted Holocaust perpetrators after World War II.”