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What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are materials created at the time of the topic you are researching, or by an eyewitness to the topic. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period. They are not commentary about your topic, but are the topic you are commenting about. 

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Print Sources

The following are a select group of titles available in print. Additional titles can be identified by searching the library catalog.

America and the Holocaust. 13 vols. 1989. (D 804.3 A47 1989)
America Views the Holocaust, 1933-1945: A Brief Documentary History. 1999. (D 804.19 A25 1999)
Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land. 1985. (D 805 P7 N6 1985)
Daily Life During the Holocaust. 1998. (D 804.195 S68 1998)
Documents of Destruction: Germany and Jewry, 1933-1945. 1971. (D 810 J4 H52)
Final Letters: From Victims of the Holocaust. 1991. (DA 300 .E5)
"The Good Old Days": The Holocaust as Seen by its Perpetrators and Bystanders. 1991. (D 804.3 S3613 1991)
Hitler's Ghettos: Voices from a Beleaguered Society, 1939-1944. 2003. (DS 135 E83 C6713 2003)
Holocaust and Memory: The Experience of the Holocaust and its Consequences: An Investigation Based on Personal Narratives. 2004. (DS 135 P6 E5713 2004)
The Holocaust Years: The Nazi Destruction of European Jewry, 1933-1945. 1990. (D 804.3 L49 1990)
Inside the Concentration Camps: Eyewitness Accounts of Life in Hitler's Death Camps. 1996. (D 805 A2 K6613 1996)
Mothers, Sisters, Resisters: Oral Histories of Women who Survived the Holocaust. 1998. (D 804.47 M67 1998)
The Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry: Essays, Documents, Depositions. 1986. (DS 135 H9 T7 1986)
Witnesses to the Holocaust: An Oral History. 1990. (D 804.3 W47 1990)