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Five articles about the Holocaust from BBC History Extra

Here are five articles about the Holocaust from BBC History Extra. More articles can be found at the BBC History Extra website, along with their regular podcast featuring discussions with historians on a range of topics.

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A page from Anne Frank’s diary (Photo: USHMM via Wikipedia)

Censoring Anne Frank: how her famous diary has been edited through history

Erin Blakemore’s investigation of the complicated publication history of Anne Frank’s diary begins with her father’s moving observation that “most parents don’t know, really, their children.” Otto Frank looked over his daughter’s writings after her death and discovered depths he never realised she possessed. In preparing her diary for publication, though, he suppressed some of Anne’s more caustic observations on topics such as her parents’ marriage, and comments about her own changing body.

Sir Nicholas Winton in Prague in 2007 (Photo: Li-sung via Wikipedia)

The ‘British Schindler’ who saved 669 children from the Nazis

When the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939, the lives of thousands of Jewish children living in the country were imperiled. Nicholas Winton joined an effort of move hundreds of them to safety in Britain, but as Gavin Mortimer writes, his efforts only became widely known in the 1980s. By then, others key to the operation had died, but by the time of his passing in 2014, at age 106, Winton had been knighted and his humanitarian work widely celebrated.

Nazi guards and Jewish prisoners at the entrance to the Łódź Ghetto, occupied Poland
(Photo: USHMM via Wikipedia)

What would you have done? 6 terrible choices people had to make during the Second World War

During the Second World War, millions of people around the world faced extremes that lie beyond our imagination. Laurence Rees has spent years interviewing witnesses and survivors of horrifying wartime experiences and here recalls six who told him about choices they faced during their darkest moments. They include the woman who, as a teenager, was given the chance to save ten people from deportation to a death camp, and the Belgian SS volunteer who remained fanatically committed to Nazism into old age.

The Warsaw Ghetto in flames, 1943 (Photo: unknown photographer via Wikipedia)

The Jews who fought back: the story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Alexandra Richie tells the story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943, the single largest Jewish act of resistance against the Nazis. Hundreds of thousands of Jews were imprisoned in the ghetto, a small part of the the city, and when rumours spread of deportations to the Treblinka death camp, a band of fighters stockpiled weapons and prepared to fight for their survival. The fierce fighting that followed left thousands dead and led to the destruction of the ghetto area by the vengeful German occupiers.

Bergen-Belsen, Memorial, Konzentrationslager
Memorial at Bergen-Belsen, Germany (Image by meisterhaui from Pixabay)

Forgotten trials: the other side of Nuremberg

75 years ago, in the shadow of the Nuremberg trials against leading Nazi war criminals, many smaller trials took place across Germany. British legal teams prosecuted guards from the recently liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, but as AT Williams reports, the results disappointed many and further efforts to bring Nazi perpetrators to justice gave way to post-war indifference.

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