A cooperative portal that allows a combined search across collections of more than 5,000 audio or audiovisual testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses. Hosted by the Fortunoff Archive, the goal of the portal is to enhance cooperation between testimony collections and simplify the research process.
Collections included in this portal:
- Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
- The Breman Museum: Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta
- IIT's David Boder Collection
Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
The Fortunoff Archive currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies, which are comprised of over 12,000 recorded hours of videotape. Testimonies were produced in cooperation with thirty-six affiliated projects across North America, South America, Europe, and Israel, and each project maintains a duplicate collection of locally recorded videotapes. The Fortunoff Archive and its affiliates recorded the testimonies of willing individuals with first-hand experience of the Nazi persecutions, including those who were in hiding, survivors, bystanders, resistace members, and liberators.
Illinois Institute of Technology’s collection of Dr. David P. Boder's interviews
Illinois Tech's Voices of the Holocaust project collects the interviews of David Pablo Boder, a psychology professor at Illinois Tech from 1927 to 1952. In 1946, he travelled to Europe to research trauma in refugee populations. Boder interviewed Holocaust survivors and witnesses and the 119 interviews included in this collection are now recognized as the earliest known non-governmental oral histories of the Holocaust.
Contact: [email protected]
The Breman Museum's Esther and Herbert Taylor Oral History Collection
The Esther and Herbert Taylor Oral History Collection, housed in the Ida Pearle and Joseph Cuba Archives for Southern Jewish History at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, consists of more than 1,000 interviews that document Jewish life in Georgia and Alabama. The collection originated in the 1970s due to an oral history project conducted by the Atlanta Jewish Federation and the Atlanta chapters of the National Council of Jewish Women and the American Jewish Committee. It has since grown to include a multitude of additional oral history projects spanning topics related to Atlanta Jewish history, Georgia Jewish history, Alabama Jewish history, and Holocaust history. Roughly a quarter of the collection consists of interviews with Holocaust survivors who settled in Georgia and Alabama.
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