A set of 50,000 testimonies recorded by survivors of the Holocaust can now be explored in the UK for the first time
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A set of 50,000 testimonies recorded by survivors of the Holocaust can now be explored in the United Kingdom for the first time.
Although the archive, created by the Shoah Foundation Institute and stored at the University of Southern California, is available to search online, visitors can now view the original footage by appointment at the University of London’s Holocaust Research Centre.
The majority of the accounts feature the memories of Jewish survivors, but the stories of other groups that suffered Nazi persecution – including gay people and Jehovah’s Witnesses – are also included.
“This collection enables researchers to describe and analyse the day-to-day experiences of men, women and children confronted by discrimination, terror and mass murder,” says the centre’s Professor David Cesarani. “Where possible, the interviews also contain extensive recollections about life before the war and afterwards. These, too, are a treasure trove of information about communities that would otherwise have been cast into oblivion.”
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