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Eyewitness Accounts of the Holocaust Period

Title: Eyewitness Accounts of the Holocaust Period
Inclusive Dates: 1939-1945
ID: RG 104 
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23'4"; 54 5"lgl; 4 2.5"lgl
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The collection is divided into three series. Series I consists of boxes 1-15. Series II includes boxes 16-39.  Series III consists of boxes 40-56.
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The YIVO Institute was involved in several projects to collect written testimonies by survivors of the Holocaust. The first organized effort took place between the years 1945-1948. Informants were sought out mainly in the Displaced Persons camps in Germany, Austria and Italy, but also in Poland and other countries of Eastern Europe.  YIVO also received a substantial number of eyewitness accounts from other Jewish organizations which were involved in similar projects, in particular from the Jewish Historical Commission in Poland and the World Jewish Congress, Hungarian Section.  The second project was conducted in 1954 as part of the YIVO-Yad Vashem Documentary Projects. Several hundred respondents were interviewed and their recollections were recorded by YIVO representatives. Finally, the YIVO Archives has been acquiring Holocaust testimonies continuously since the 1960's.
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Series I: Card Inventory, Yid., ms.; Index of  places, Eng. & Yid., typed; Card Index of survivors, Yid., ms.; Series II: Card Index of names, and Card Index of places, Yid., typed; Series III: Card Index of places, Card Index of authors, Card Index of names of partisans, Yid., ms
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Access Notes: YIVO Archives collections are open to researchers only by appointment with an archivist. To inquire about papers and records, write to Chief Archivist, archives@yivo.cjh.org. To inquire about photographs and films, write to Photo and Film Archivist at Photofilm@yivo.cjh.org. To inquire about sound recordings, write to Sound Archivist, lsklamberg@yivo.cjh.org. For art works and artifacts, write to Chief Archivist at archives@yivo.cjh.org.
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