Two Thousand Witnesses Tell Their Stories

5.000 hours of life stories from the Shoah Visual History Archive

With the help of 70 summarizers, the Jewish Historical Museum has made 2.000 eyewitness testimonies from the Visual History Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in Los Angeles fully searchable. This is the largest oral history archive on the Shoah in the Netherlands and can now be searched in its entirety.

The interviews can be viewed in the Hollandsche Schouwburg and the Jewish Historical Museum. An impression:

The complete archive, assembled on the initiative of Steven Spielberg, consists of nearly 52.000 interviews with survivors of and eyewitnesses to the Shoah from all over the world. From this archive, the Jewish Historical Museum selected 2.000 interviews related to the Netherlands.

Thousand of these testimonies were recorded in the Netherlands,  another thousand testimonies tell the stories of Dutch Jews living in the United States, Israel, Canada, Australia, and many other countries.

Included in the project are also testimonies with rescuers, Jehovah's Witnesses, and liberators who took part in the liberation of the Netherlands in 1944 (south) and 1945 (north).

A group of over 50 people, working at home on a freelance basis, are indexing the interviews in a webbased application. Of each testimony a summary, divided in chapters, is being made. Apart from the text, there are subject keywords, locations and dates added on time codes.

Now the museum audience have access to the collection of interviews, through a user friendly search interface.

The interviews are not available online.

If you have any questions related to the video archive, don't hestitate to contact the Rescource Centre.
Monday until friday, 9.00 - 17.00.

JHM Recource Centre
T +31 (0)20 5 310 320
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The software for Two Thousand Witnesses Tell Their Stories is developed by Noterik bv.