Why is the Holocaust such an important subject?

Themes: Why archive genocide?, The victim's perspective

During the Holocaust, the Nazi authorities produced millions of official documents that revealed what they were doing.

In the Jewish tradition, remembering and writing down memories is very important.This makes the Holocaust a very unusual genocide, as there is a huge body of evidence for historians and others to look at and learn from.

Studying the Holocaust allows us to learn how other genocides came about and took place, like those in Rwanda or the former Yugoslavia.

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