Survivors of the SHOAH

An online history collection with first-person accounts of Holocaust survivors

Shoah Visutal History Foundation 
This is taken from the FAQ (which is in a pernicious PDF format that does not allow selecting and copying text):

1n 1994, after filming Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg established Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation as a nonprofit organization to document the experiences of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, including those who aided, rescued, and liberated the survivors. Beacuse of the advanced age of most of the survivors and other witnesses, the Foundation’s mission was particularly urgent.

In each testimony [the term they use to refer to their oral history interviews] , one survivor or other witness speaks about his or her life before, during, and after the war, guided by questions from a Shoah Foundation interviewer. At the end of the interview, the interviewee is given an opportunity to display photographs and other artifacts and to invite family members to speak. Some eyewitnesses speak of experiences they may never have shared with anyone else. The resulting personal narratives, or testimonies, are recorded on videotape and preserved on digital master tapes of higher quality and durability than VHS tapes. The testimonies average two and one-half hours in length.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on April 29, 2004 in • Online Oral History Collections
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