On the 3rd September 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany, beginning a struggle that would last for six years (1939-1945) and involve virtually every region of the world. The war would affect the lives of millions of people around the world, civilians as much as servicemen, children as much as adults. In many ways, life would never be the same again.
Encyclopedia of World War II, 1995, Marshall Cavendish, London, v. 1, p. 6
The Library catalogue is a powerful searching tool. Use a basic keyword search to get quickly to some of the resources you will find on the shelves on World War II. Use keyword searching to help locate particular topics or aspects of the war.
- World War II, 1939-1945 = 940.5
- Campaigns and battles = 940.54
- World War, 1939-1945
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Australia
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns
Other Subject Guides
- Causes of the Second World War [From the Longman History in Depth]
- The Definitive pictorial chronicles of World War II: 1000 classic, rare and unseen photographs
- The Historical atlas of World War II: 170 maps chart the most cataclysmic even in human history
- World War II: the events and their impact on real people [includes a DVD] Written in association with the Imperial War Museum
From Britannica eStax
- The Normandy beaches by Brian William
- World War II by Nathaniel Harris
- World War II Europe by Reg Grant
Audio Visual Resources
On our shelves
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
- The World Book
- Encyclopedia of World War II [8 volumes]
- 2194 days of war : an illustrated chronology of the Second World War[1 volume]
- Britannica Online *You will need your user name and password to use these resources.
- Australian Government: Department of Veterans Affairs - Australia's War 1939-1942
- World War 2 Nominal Roll This site contains the names of one million people who served during World War II.
Imperial War Museum - United Kingdom
National WWII Museum - United States: New Orleans
From History Channel
From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Holocaust - Jewish, World War II
There are many books you could use to further research the persecution of the Jews in Europe during World War II ... these are some that you may care to look at:
- Berenbaum, M. 2006, The World must know: the history of the Holocaust as told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 2nd edition. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
- Leapman, M. 1998, Witnesses to war: eight true-life stories of Nazi persecution, Viking, London
- My secret camera: life in the Lodz Ghetto with photographs by Mendel Grossman, 2000, text by Frank Dabba Smith and with an introduction by Howard Jacobson, Francis Lincoln, London
- Porat, Dan, 2010, The Boy: a Holocaust story, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria
- Frank, Anne, 1997, The Diary of a young girl, Penguin, London. First published in 1947.
- Levi, Primo, 2014, If this is man [&] The Truce, Abacus, London. First published in Italy in 1958
- Wiesel, Elie, 1960 Night, Penguin, London
Children of the Holocaust
- Lee, Carol Ann, 2006, Anne Frank and the children of the Holocaust, Puffin Books, New York
- Ungerer, Tomi, 1998, Tomi: a life under the Nazis, Tomic, a division of The Roberts Rinehart Publishing Group, Boulder, Colorado.
- Zullo, Allan, Bovsun, 2004, Mara, Survivors: true stories of the Holocaust, Scholastic, New York
Illustrated & Picture books
This is just a small collection of some of our illustrated and picture books that deal with the Holocaust. Please ask for help to locate any additional resources.
- Innocenti, Roberto, 1985, Rose Blanche, with text by Ian McEwan, based on a story by Christophe Gallaz, Red Fox, London.
- Rubin, Susan Goldman, Weissberger, Ela, 2006, The Cat with the yellow star: coming of age in Terezin, Holiday House, New York
- Sendak, Maurice, 2003, Brundibar, pictures by Maurice Sendak, retold by Tony Kushner. This book is based on the Czech opera of the same name ("Brundibar" is Czech slang for "bumblebee"); with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmister, set to music by Hans Krasa. This opera was performed fifty-five times by the children Terezin, the Nazi concentration camp. Krasa, who was Jewish, was also imprisoned in Terezin. He was killed at Auschwitz in 1944.
- Unger, Tomi, 2010, Otto: the autobiography of a teddy bear
From Britannica eStax:
Library subject guides
- Anne Frank Museum Amsterdam
- Holocaust Learning
- The Holocaust Resource Centre: Yad Vashaem
- Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, Victoria.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum