Kenneth Kronenberg

Useful and Interesting Websites

Aktive Fredsreiser
With the increasing activity of neo-Nazi groups in Scandinavia, it is good to know of organizations there seeking to counter their influence. Aktive Fredsreiser, founded by Helga Arntzen (formerly of Hvite Busser til Auschwitz, brings young people from Norway and other Scandinavian countries to Auschwitz for encounters with the victims of Nazi terror.

An Auschwitz Alphabet
Wonderful personal web site put together by Jonanthan Blumen. The concept is beautiful, and the essays are insightful and well written.

Amnesty International
One wonders how things might have developed if an Amnesty had pointed the finger at Germany in the 1930s. Perhaps it would have changed little, but this human rights organization has had success curbing some human rights abuses in more recent times. It is the only organization of its kind that promotes local grassroots organizing and is well worth joining and supporting. There are numerous local web sites.

Austrian intercultural organization centered in Vienna. It was started in the aftermath of the Kurt Waldheim affair in recognition of the lack of open discussion of Austria's participation in the Holocaust and (largely) continuing unwillingness to deal with racial and multicultural issues. The group puts on an mbitious series of programs relating to multi-culturalism and racism.

Association for Religion and Intellectual Life
Organization devoted to spirituality and religion broadly defined. The site contains articles from its journal, Crosscurrents. A family chronicle by Eugene Pogany titled "In Each Other's Likeness: Twin Brothers Separated by Faith After the Holocaust" is a must-read and can be downloaded. There are also excellent movie and web site reviews, including a review of this site.

Cybrary of the Holocaust
Very useful historical research resources, bibliography, section on children of the Holocaust, first-hand accounts, contacts, etc. The site is constantly being updated.

David Dickerson's Web Site
Very well put together personal web site concentrating on the Holocaust and antisemitism. It contains links to all manner of useful documents. If you finally want to see the elusive Protocols of the Elders of Zion, David's site will lead you to a right-wing ftp site where you can download it and peruse at leisure. If you can stand it.

Dokumentations- und Info-Zentrum für Rassismusforschung
This is an anti-racist group centered at the University of Marburg that also takes on Holocaust denial. Members are involved in activities at the high school and university level. One of the organizers is particularly interested in implementing the technique pioneered by Jane Elliot in Iowa called "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes." Some of the articles on the site lambaste the resurgence of right-wing fraternities. If you understand German, the analyses and observations are sharp and often witty. In one article, after a fraternity member bemoans the loss of morals after Hitler, the writer comments wryly, "The only question that remains is how deeply the 'Mensur' (duelling cut) penetrates the skull."

Ecole d'Humanité
My alma mater! And, they now have their own web site. Founded in Switzerland in 1934 by anti-Nazi Germans who left Germany rather than fire Jews and socialists as ordered and turn their famous Odenwald Schule into a Nazi showplace. The Ecole combines an excellent curriculum and small classes with a humanist and internationalist perspective. One hallmark: the students do much of the work on campus, including peeling potatoes in the morning, and (Arrgh!) washing dishes after meals. I can't recommend the school highly enough.

Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History is in the forefront of creating critical thinking materials for classroom use on issues relating to social and political responsibility, racism, and antisemitism. They do frequent teacher training and hold seminars which are announced on their site.

The Forgotten Holocaust
This site is dedicated to non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, particularly Poles. Much of webmaster Terese Pencak Schwartz's family in Poland was destroyed or displaced during the war. She herself was born in Germany after the war and is a convert to Judaism. The site is also notable for being bilingual, English-Polish. I, for one, would like to see more bilingual sites. They build bridges that single-language sites cannot.

Alexander Kimel's Web Site
Alexander Kimel is a Holocaust survivor who has put together a comprehensive site consisting of stories, personal accounts of survival, historical information, and much else.

Bjorn Krondorfer's Web Site
Krondorfer is an associate professor of Religious Studies. His web site contains information about Holocaust-related programs involving Germans and Jews. mainly from a religious perspective.

March of the Living
"brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to retrace the infamous death march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. The goal of the March of the Living is for these young people to learn the lessons of the Holocaust."

The Nizkor Project
Ambitious Canadian web site founded by Ken McVay specializing in countering Holocaust denial. It is a vast and growing repository of resources dealing with the Holocaust, Holocaust denial, and neo-Nazism. Worth watching and pondering is their mutual web link with Ernst Zündel, a neo-Nazi living in Toronto.

Shoah Project
A new German-language web site specializing in countering Holocaust denial. They have translated accounts of survivors written by Alexander Kimel into German and are looking for other material from the web.

Salomon Ludwig Steinheim Institute
Excellent historical research resources, contacts, etc. (mainly in German) centered at the Gerhard Mercator University in Duisburg, Germany. Among other things, the Institute used to publish Menora (now put out by Moses Mendelssohn Center), an excellent German-language series of yearbooks on German-Jewish history. Number 2 contains a lengthy article on anti-Jewish riots in Geseke in 1844, an event that was the subject of a play by the poet Elsa Lasker-Schüler.

To Save a Life: Stories of Jewish Rescue
Ellen Land-Weber has put together an excellent web site that spotlights rescuers in Holland, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Her historical background material makes use of the work of authors such Raul Hilberg and others.

Topography of Terror
The Topography of Terror exhibition is located in Berlin atop the rubble that was once the administrative buildings of the Nazi state. The website contains a map of Germany. Clicking on a federal state links you to information about memorials in that state. There is also a very useful looking list of mailing addresses of organizations and agencies currently involved in many aspects of human rights, opposition to antisemitism, and other related topics. The site is in English and German.

Simon Wiesenthal Centre
Excellent resource on the Holocaust and Holocaust denial.

Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung
Centered at the Technical University in Berlin, the Center for Research on Antisemitism does work on the Holocaust, antisemitism and racism, and German-Jewish history. The Center is working on translating some of its pages into English.

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