Responses to the Holocaust: A Hypermedia Sourcebook for the Humanities

Click here for a Brief Introduction to the Nazi Genocide of the Jews, 1933-45

Brother and Sister in the Lodz Ghetto from: Lodz Ghetto: Inside a Community Under Siege, compiled and edited by Alan Adelson and Robert Lapides (New York: Penguin, 1989), p. 123.

Robert S. Leventhal

Department of German

University of Virginia

Copyright (c) 1995 by Robert S. Leventhal, all rights reserved. This text may be shared in accordance with the fair-use provisions of the U.S. copyright law. Redistribution or republication of this text on other terms, in any medium, requires the written permission of the author.

Introduction to "Responses to the Holocaust" Archive:

Responses to the Holocaust: A Hypermedia Sourcebook for the Humanities is intended to introduce the viewer/reader to the various discourses, disciplines, media and institutions that have produced significant critical and theoretical positions and discussions concerning the Nazi Genocide of the Jews of Europe, 1933-45. In this hypermedia sourcebook, a hypertextual research, teaching, and learning archive, the responses of disciplines, various media and institutions includes, but is not limited to, literature, philosophy, literary criticism and theory, sociology, psychoanalysis, history and historiography, religious studies, film, art and architecture, political theory, informatics and the history of technology, and popular culture or cultural studies. Through critical text, image, video and laserdisc clips and sound, my hope is to offer the navigator of this hypermedia archive a way to access important information regarding the study and critical discourse concerning the Holocaust, and to provide a research, teaching, and learning resource for the student, teacher, and scholar of the Holocaust. By interfacing various texts, images, bibliographies, biographies, film and audio clips as well as other critical materials by way of hypertextual likages, it will be possible for the viewer/reader to selectively access not only substantially different areas of information, but also different registers or depth of information. For example, after each entry there will be an option of moving to "further reading" or "bibliography." This hypermedia sourcebook is designed and organized according to disciplines and media that have simultaneously influenced our understanding of the Holocaust as much as they have been influenced by the Holocaust, such as "literature,"literary theory and criticism," "philosophy," "psychoanalysis," "film," "art," "poetry," and "history and historiography," "sociology," "informatics and technology," "political science," and "religious studies." In order to access any of these disciplines or media, simply proceed to the table of contents and click on the blue type of the subject you wish to explore. Hypertext allows a thick archive to be viewed at various levels. Utilizing SGML, Standard Generalized Markup Language, it will be possible to search this archive for the name of a particular author, film, text, or according to subject and titles. In order to browse the archive, the viewer simply clicks on any of the text in blue type, or wherever the pointer becomes a pointing finger.

Table of Contents


Literary Criticism and Theory


History and Historiography

Poetry and Poetics




Art and Architecture

Informatics and Technology

Religious Studies

Cultural Studies

Many of the hyperlinks are currently in production, and will become available shortly. At present I am working on the chapters concerning Literary Criticism and Theory, Psychoanalysis and film. If you have any questions or comments regarding this document, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at (804) 979-5764 (home), and my E-Mail address is: Any suggestions would be most welcome. Robert S. Leventhal Networked Fellow Institute for Advance Technology in the Humanities Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 22903

Paul Celan, 1947-48, from: Shoshana Felman and Dorie Laub, M.D.,Testimony: Crisis of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History (New York and London: Routledge, 1992).

Completed Documents available for Viewing:

The Nazi Genocide of the Jews, 1933-45

Paul Mazursky's Enemies, A Love Story

Susan Sontag's "Syberberg's Hitler"

George Steiner's Language and Silence

Irving Howe's "Writing and the Holocaust"

Jean Francois Lyotard's The Differend: Phrases in Dispute

Spielberg's Schindler's List

Art Spiegelman's Maus

Other important sites on the WWW you might want to visit:

This document was last modified on May 8, 1995