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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

Library resources

Library catalogue

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.

Dewey Numbers

  • World War II, 1939-1945 = 940.5
  • Campaigns and battles = 940.54

Subject Headings

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World War 2 (1939-1945) The Pacific

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On our shelves

General encyclopedia:

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • The World Book

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Web resources

Australian participation

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

Library resources

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:

Personal narratives

Children of the Holocaust

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


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