The Museum of Tolerance is the educational branch of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The museum was "founded to challenge visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts." Many of the museum's resources can be explored online at the Museum of Tolerance Online Multimedia Learning Center.
The site concentrates on the twin areas of World War II and the Holocaust. Seven broad areas provide a wealth of information in a well-organized, easy to use format. Among the seven areas are the "Multimedia Learning Center," which houses over three thousand text files and thousands of photographs; "Teacher's Resources" including a glossary, timeline, questions and answers about the Holocaust and curriculum resources; "Special Collections" involving ninety-three topics in English, German and Hebrew from the Institute of Documentation in Israel; and "Virtual Exhibits," which take the viewer to specific events occurring during the Holocaust.
Entering the "Multimedia Learning Center" leads one to a variety of topics, including "The Jews," "The Nazis," "Righteous Among the Nations," "Resistance and Rescue," and "The World Response." These topics are further broken down into the areas of "People," "Places," "Organizations," and "General Topics." These four topics are then sub-divided; for example under "People" in "The Jews" section are topics such as "Public Figures & Community Leaders" and "Judenrat Leaders." Throughout the text, links lead the user to added information or photographs concerning the topic.
The other sections of the home page are of interest as well. Among the "Virtual Exhibits" is Visas for Life, an exhibit commemorating Chiune Sugihaia, who issued Japanese transit visas to numerous Polish Jews and saved their lives. From the link to the "Simon Wiesenthal Center," one can find current information on hate crimes and terrorist activities throughout the world. At the time of this review, information was available on the Durban Conference and the recent terrorist actions against the United States. The "Site Map" lists information available under topics and is readily accessible and easy to navigate.
This site is an excellent source packed with information for the scholar and novice interested in the Holocaust and World War II. Highly recommended.
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