Project Title: Surviving the Holocaust: a Statistical Analysis of the European Countries with the Highest and Lowest Survival Rates
BASIS Advisor: Tim Hirsch
The Holocaust is one of the most researched historical events of all time. In it, though, there has been a great disparity between death tolls in different countries. Through this project, I aim to understand the causes of varying survival rates of Jews during the Holocaust in countries under German occupation. This project has been inspired by my family’s history and my personal connection to the Holocaust. Factors such as collaboration of local forces with Nazis, the time the country spent under occupation, and assimilation and segregated living will be examined to come to a conclusion as to why there was such a large variation in the death toll per country. My research is being done in a few ways. First, I am utilizing research databases such as Google Scholar, JSTOR, and ERIC to gain access to web articles and secondary sources. Second, I am using the New York Public Library to gain access to texts that I will use for further evidence. I will also use the bibliographies of these books to continue to examine these factors and my question. Through this project, I hope to come to a conclusion that expands upon my current knowledge and synthesizes all of the research that I have done. With fewer and fewer survivors still alive, I also intend to conduct interviews with Holocaust survivors, including my grandfather. Finally, I will access and listen to many testimonies of Holocaust survivors archived through institutions such as the Jewish Museum and the USC Shoah Foundation to come to a conclusion as to which factors were most prominent in determining which Jewish people survived and which did not in countries under German occupation in the Holocaust.
This week my blog focuses on Denmark. I have continued to work with various general books as well as reading a focused book on the Holocaust in Denmark. Denmark had one of the smallest Jewish communities in Europe, estimated at 7,000 before the war. The majority of Denmark’s Jews lived in Copenhagen. Copenhagens Jewish population […]
As I previously indicated, I will be analyzing the causes for varying survival rates of Jews in four countries that were under German occupation during the Holocaust. The four countries are Denmark, Italy, Greece, and Poland. This week I have put the majority of my effort into studying Greece. I plan to focus on one […]
Welcome back to my project analyzing the causes of varying survival rates of Jews living in countries under German occupation during the Holocaust. For the past week I have focused on two things: furthering my research and analyzing my interview with the Claims Conference. As mentioned in my previous blog, I conducted an interview with […]
Hello, my name is Harry Nadaner. The goal of my senior project is to understand the differing survival rates of Jews during the Holocaust in different countries under German occupation during World War Two. I will specifically be examining two countries with particularly high death rates, Poland and Greece, and two with particularly low death […]