Holocaust and genocide studies: Books & Reference materials

Introduction to the Monash University Library resources relevant to Holocaust and Genocide studies.

Browse the Library shelves for books on your topic

The Monash libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme to organise books and journals, for most of the collections.

The most efficient way to locate material in the library is to use Search. However, use the following QuickList as a guide when browsing the shelves.

Note down all of the call number and which part of the Monash collection the item is held in. Then find each part of the number in turn. For example, to find the book: A History of Poland, by Anita Prazmowska, call number 943.8 P921H 2011:

943.8 P921H 2011

  1. Locate the first three digits
  2. Locate any digits following the decimal point (Note decimals: 341.1 is after 341.05)
  3. Look for the letter P, then the next set of numbers/letter
  4. The final four digits denote the year of the book

Some common problems in looking for items

  • make sure you have written down the whole number
  • make sure that you have located the entire number, including all the digits after the decimal point
  • check that you are looking in the correct site or collection eg Caulfield, Berwick, Law, serials etc
  • look for prefix letters before the number (eg F = folio (large books), Mos=maths, A=Australia, NZ=New Zealand etc)
  • note that some collections (eg Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Microfiche) have their own numbering system
  • check that the item is not already on loan to someone else

Reference works

Several of these books are available electronically and we have linked to the electronic version. Click on "View it" to view the ebook. For the print version, please refer to the call number listed.

Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the Global Conflict and Violence Focus Program, SOPHIS: Professor Donald Bloxham

Donald Bloxham is a Professor of European History and Modern History at the University of Edinburgh specialising in genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Professor Bloxham presented a public lecture entitled, "The Holocaust in a Wider European History of Violence" in July 2016 at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC). Below is a selection of his books held by Monash University Library.

2016 Kronhill Visiting Scholar: Professor David Roskies

David G. Roskies is a Professor of Jewish literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America specialising in the Holocaust, modern Yiddish culture, Jewish history and literature. He is the Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture and earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic studies from Brandeis University. Professor Roskies is the 2016 Kronhill Visiting Scholar and presented a three-part public lecture series during July and August on Speech, Story and Writing Catastrophe: The DNA of Jewish Memory. Please see the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC) website for more information. Below is a selection of his books held by Monash University Library.