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Streaming video testimony of survivors commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha-Shoah)

April 09, 2010

Pamela Whiteley McLaughlin
(315) 443-9788

To commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day–Monday, April 12–Syracuse University’s Judaic Studies Program in partnership with the SU Library is presenting “Holocaust Voices: Excerpts From the (Steven Spielberg) Visual History Archive at the University Library,” featuring streaming video testimonies of Holocaust survivors, Monday, April 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the atrium of the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center and Tuesday, April 13, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of E.S. Bird Library. 

The Visual History Archive (VHA) of the Shoah Foundation Institute is a collection of filmed testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust. The digitized archive contains nearly 52,000 testimonies in 32 languages (about half in English) from 56 countries. SU Library is one of only 25 sites in the United States at which scholars, students and members of the community can gain access to this extraordinary research and learning resource. 

“The Visual History Archive is the largest collection of testimony ever compiled,” says Harvey Teres, director of the Judaic Studies Program. “It is a database replete with stories both harrowing and heroic, and will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand the modern world in all its historical and moral complexity. The archive includes victims of Nazism persecuted for their Jewish religion, political views, sexual orientation or ethnicity. Its sophisticated research tools offer myriad paths through the vast collection that will support many kinds of inquiry. I hope that the archive will become a part of every student’s education at Syracuse, as well as a component of a wide range of scholarly projects undertaken by our faculty across the schools and colleges.”  

A more complete introduction to the Visual History Archive will be presented to interested faculty and students by librarian Lydia Wasylenko and College of Arts and Sciences instructor Samuel Gruber on Friday, April 23, at 10 am. in Room 204 of the Tolley Humanities Building. For more information about the VHA, contact Wasylenko at 443-4692 or

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