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" ( http://www.britannica.com/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 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. is a leader in reference and education publishing whose products can be found in many media, from the Internet to cell phones to books. A pioneer in electronic publishing since the early 1980s, the company still publishes the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, along with services such as Britannica Online School Edition and new 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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