The award-winning documentary maker, Laurence Rees, has produced a site on Second World War. He wrote and directed the television histories, The Nazis – a warning from history and World War II behind closed doors. He has also written books on the Holocaust and the war in the Pacific. In an article in History Today (June 2010) he outlines the reasons for starting the site, difficulties encountered, content of the site, and his views on the future of the Internet for history education. Interestingly he touches briefly on funding and revenue models.
The nicely designed and easy to navigate site includes videos, oral testimonies, a useful timeline and access areas for teachers. The site also has interviews with an impressive list of leading historians. The interviews are usefully indexed so a user can skip to a subject of interest. Furthermore other content featuring the historians is flagged up.