Our Mission

The Holocaust Blueprint is dedicated to compiling information regarding the Holocaust in all forms. The information provided encompasses the direct perpetrators, collaborators, policy/laws that contributed to the genocide, Holocaust survivors, and those who risked it all to save the innocent victims.

Our mission includes creating connections to organizations across the world whose vision and/or mission also align with ours, and this includes both individuals and communities at large. The Holocaust Blueprint serves as a database of information any user who seeks information can go to and locate information in an interactive format. This includes our map services, biographies, and other forms of educational tools that we utilize through the website.

The Holocaust Blueprint is made up of volunteers, and we have collected information through hours upon hours of research, conversations, and interviews in order to bring factual and thorough information related to the atrocities committed by the Nazi German regime and its collaborators.

About Us

The Holocaust Blueprint is a project that creates educational materials for users across the world, with its purposes ranging from in the classroom to at home study.

The Holocaust Blueprint is a free-to-use tool, and it always will be. The project provides biographical profiles, interactive maps, and other information related to the Holocaust. The project was established in June 2016, and it continues to grow each day.

The Holocaust Blueprint has traveled to Poland and visited many key areas related to the Holocaust ranging from small villages to extermination camps. Our photographs are free to use as you wish; however, we do ask that you will at least link to our website, so that other users may review our photographs and/or interactive maps.

Holocaust education is key to ensuring that the Holocaust never happens again. Holocaust survivors have worked to spread information related to the Holocaust, and now it is upon us to also spread information to users.


Meet the Team!

Shawn Harding

Shawn Harding is one the founders of The Holocaust Blueprint. Harding is an Austin Peay State University graduate where he received a Bachelors in Political Science with a minor in International Relations, and a Masters Degree in Professional Studies. Harding is currently in a program earning his doctorate with his dissertation on The Holocaust. During his time in university, Harding studied the Nazi regime and the Holocaust. He took several independent studies and a study abroad to Poland.

Harding studied Jewish Ghetto Leadership (Judenrat), Nazi German Psychology, Nazi German warfare, Holocaust killing sites, Eastern European Jewish History, and Holocaust children diarists.

Harding is currently the interactive map creator and biography writer for The Holocaust Blueprint.

Delaney Atkins

Delaney Atkins is one the founders of The Holocaust Blueprint. Atkins is an Austin Peay State University graduate where she received a Bachelors of Science in English with a minor in Professional Writing and a master’s degree in English.

Atkins works as an administrative assistant for the Austin Peay Honors department and pursues freelance editing jobs in her free time. She is an avid reader of many subjects and a writer of poetry.

Atkins is currently the editor for The Holocaust Blueprint.

Melanie McNamara McCarthy

Melanie McNamara McCarthy is a Biography contributor to The Holocaust Blueprint project and a Facebook Administrator for the Research group. Melanie also contributes to our biography pages. Melanie has a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. McCarthy is a Registered Nurse, and has earned graduate certifications in Physical Rehabilitation Nursing.

McCarthy is a native of New York State. She has lived in Colombia and Italy. She now resides in Virginia. McCarthy is married with three adult sons and two grandsons.

McCarthy has had a lifelong interest in social justice and Holocaust studies in particular.

Calie Benke

Calie Benke is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Austin Peay State University who studies English and helps run the Writing Center on campus. She is also the managing editor for the student-run literary journal, The 601, and a social media coordinator for the Languages and Literature Department. She graduated from APSU with her bachelor’s degree in English with concentrations in History and Creative Writing. In her downtime, she is always reading, writing, playing video games, or looking to find a new adventure.

Benke is currently the Social Media Coordinator and editor for The Holocaust Blueprint.