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Oral History Project

The Holocaust Center’s Oral History Project has recorded and continues to preserve detailed oral histories with survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust. Our interviewees include people who lived through concentration camps and forced labor, those who survived in hiding or under false papers, as well as rescuers, liberators, émigrés or refugees, and other witnesses who lived under the Nazi regime.

To date, our oral history archive consists of over 2,000 audio and video testimonies with accompanying documents, transcriptions, and informational materials such as photographs and letters. These interviews record for posterity a complete picture of the realities of the Holocaust as experienced by individuals living in a multitude of European countries occupied by Nazi Germany.

We understand that the stories of survivors have a meaning that reaches far beyond that of Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. The accounts of these survivors explore the relationship between discrimination, violence, genocide, and war. Their testimonies break the silence that is a consequence of trauma and oppression. We believe that it is our obligation to preserve these stories, which retain a striking relevance to the survival of the human race today as well as for the generations to come.

As a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving Holocaust survivors and witnesses the means to record their histories, we encourage educators, scholars, students, and the general public to access our archives. The collection can be used as research material for a broad range of studies, including psychology, sociology, political science, immigrant studies, genealogical studies, European history, Jewish history, and Holocaust analysis.

The JFCS video testimonies are currently being digitized by the USC Shoah Foundation and can soon be viewed at the Tauber Holocaust Library in that format. In addition, they will be available through the Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive at subscribing libraries and research institutions. 
 

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Contact: 

Yedida Kanfer at YedidaK@jfcs.org or 415-449-3748.

Thank You to Our
Generous Donors

The Oral History Project is supported by Koret Foundation, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, as well as Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, Jerry Rosenstein, Lydia and Doug Shorenstein, Eda and Joe Pell, Susan Lowenberg and Joyce Newstat, Jo Ann and George Schapiro, the MZ Foundation, Barbara and Richard Rosenberg, and the many individuals who support the JFCS Holocaust Center.

 

Koret Foundation, JCF 100, Claims Conference

 

 

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