Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal


Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences > Liberal Arts > History


October 19, 2020


January 18, 2021


February 26, 2021


Noah Price (NP)¹*

Author Affiliations

¹Department of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Corresponding Author

*Noah Price, pricen3@unlv.nevada.edu

Corresponding Author ORCID iD


Author Contributions

NP: Contributed conceptualization, source curation, formal analysis, writing of the original draft, and reviewing and editing of the manuscript

Data Availability Statement

The author of this article confirms that all data underlying the findings are fully available without restrictions.

Conflicts of Interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interests.

Ethical Considerations

Given that this project did not involve human or animal subjects, no IRB or IACUC approval was needed. All research was derived from publicly shared sources.


No funding was provided for this research.


This article examines how the Jewish community redeveloped its perspective towards Jews that assisted the Nazis in the Holocaust. These ‘assistants’ include those the Nazis either forced or coerced into helping complete their genocide. It argues that in the time since the Holocaust, survivors moved from a negative opinion of these Jewish workers to understanding their situation and allowing the recording of their survival stories along with other victims of the Holocaust. In examining contemporary works such as diaries or journals and the memoirs survivors published years later, these changed emotions reveal themselves as the victims began to write about workers of the ghettos and the camps in lighter tones. These changes in perspective towards Jewish assistants reveal the community’s willingness to expand the historical recording of their experiences and concentrate on Nazi Germany as the singular perpetrators of the Holocaust. In recognizing this change, historians can perform more research into the overall Jewish experience of the Holocaust as other survivors no longer silence these important voices.


Holocaust, Jewish workers, Ghetto, Camp, Nazi Germany, Genocide

Submission Type

Primary research article