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Friday, December 20, 2013

More Holocaust Oral History

Once I get started on a theme or project, I tend to find more and more items to add to my mental list. In this case once I found the New York Public Library collections, I started to look further. Here is a list of Holocaust Oral Histories:

  • Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is a collection of over 4,400 videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust. Part of Yale University's department of Manuscripts and Archives, the archive is located at Sterling Memorial Library
  • Holocaust Memorial Center, Zekelman Family Campus. The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus has been teaching about the Holocaust and its legacy for more than 25 years, and its building, exhibits and programs have been receiving international accolades and heartfelt thanks from our millions of visitors.
  • USC Shoah Foundation, University of Souther California. USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action.With a current collection of 51,696 eyewitness testimonies, the Institute’s Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it. Each testimony is a unique source of insight and knowledge offering powerful stories from history that demand to be explored and shared. In this way we will be able to see their faces and hear their voices, allowing them to teach, and inspire action against intolerance.- See more at: 
Here is probably the largest collection:

  • Art and Artifacts: 17,825 objects, averaging 10 to 12 new items a week
  • Archives: 70.6 million pages, with an additional 135 million digital images from the International Tracing Service
  • Photo Archives: 88,420 historical photographs and images, of which 27,550 are available on the Museum’s website
  • Meed Survivors Registry: 206,212 survivors and their descendants, other victims, and WWII veterans registered
  • Film and Video: More than 1,045 hours of archival footage; 220 hours of outtakes from the film SHOAH; 1,250 research requests annually
  • Library: More than 96,800 items in 57 languages
  • Oral History: More than 13,100 oral history testimonies of survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators, and access to 52,000 oral histories from the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute
  • Senior Historian’s Division: 515 research requests fulfilled from January to June 2013
I guess that is enough for now. 

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