Britannica to Explore Holocaust in Web Feature

Site will to Help Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Apr 13, 2006, 01:00 ET from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

    CHICAGO, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the darkest chapters in human
 history will be explored with clarity and depth when Encyclopaedia
 Britannica unveils its new Web feature "Reflections on the Holocaust" ( ) later this month.
     The new site, timed to help mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, on April
 25, will probe the history of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews and
 millions of others were killed by Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime during World
 War II.
     A central part of the site will be a body of articles by the noted
 Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum, former director of the United States
 Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. In
 addition to an overview of the Holocaust and its history, Berenbaum
 contributes more than 25 related articles, some of which probe unresolved
 issues, such as why the Allies didn't bomb the extermination camps.
     The site will also include significant contributions from two other
 prominent historians: John Lukacs, author of "The Hitler of History," and
 Frank J. Coppa of St. Johns University, editor of the Encyclopedia of the
 Vatican and Papacy.
     Also featured will be a number of multimedia elements, such as
 photographs and film clips, some of them disturbing; and several sets of
 discussion questions for use in high-school classrooms.
     "This is a humbling and deeply disturbing subject for anyone who
 approaches it, yet we have to learn the history of the Holocaust, to know
 it as best we can," said Theodore Pappas, executive editor of the
 Encyclopaedia Britannica. "Remembering the Holocaust and understanding how
 it came about is part of making sure it never happens again."
     About Encyclopaedia Britannica
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 1980s, the company still publishes the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica,
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 printed products such as Britannica Discovery Library. Britannica's
 editorial operation is overseen by some of the world's most distinguished
 scholars, several of them Nobel laureates. The company makes its
 headquarters in Chicago.

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