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New partnerships, July 2022

Updated: Jul 7, 2022

AJR Chief Executive Michael Newman, Center for Jewish History's Chief of Archive and Library Services Rachel Miller and United Kingdom Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues The Rt Hon. the Lord Pickles with a hard drive containing 270 AJR Refugee Voices interviews

We are happy to announce two new partnerships, which will enable the AJR Refugee Voices interviews to be watched and used by wider audiences.

Dr Bea Lewkowicz, director of the AJR Refugee Archive, says:

As we are approaching our 20th birthday, we are thrilled to expand our international partnership program. These partnerships enable us to share the many Holocaust testimonies we have collected with new audiences.

AJR Refugee Voices can already be accessed at many of the world’s leading institutions for Holocaust studies and research, including Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the Memorial de la Shoah in Paris and the Wiener Holocaust Library in London. The collection is also available for students at a number of UK and European Universities, such as Southampton, Essex and Leeds as well as the Freie University Berlin where it complements two other Holocaust survivor testimony archives. Recent publications using material from the Refugee Voices collection include Rebecca Clifford's book 'Survivors: Children Lives​ after the Holocaust' and Deborah Cadbury book on Bunce Court entitled 'The School that escaped the Nazis.'

Our new partners are, first: the Centre of Jewish History in New York, with the Leo Baeck Institute. The entire collection of the 270 Refugee Voices interviews will now be held at the The Centre of Jewish History, which provides a collaborative home for the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Yeshiva University, the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, and the Leo Baeck Institute.

The photos show AJR Chief Executive Michael Newman with Rachel Miller, the Center for Jewish History's Chief of Archive and Library Services, Rachel Miller and Archive Director Dr Bea Lewkowicz, and the Center's New York building. Our second partner is the Austrian organisation, and its online testimony platform weiter_ erzählen, which opens up new digital learning avenues. This is the first time that five entire Refugee Voices interviews will be fully accessible online through a partner organisation which focuses on collecting and presenting video and audio interviews with victims of National socialism with an Austrian connection. erinnern.at_ is part of Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalization providing programs for teaching and learning about National Socialism and the Holocaust. The five testimonies are those of Herta Kammerling, Walter Kammerling, John Chillag, Francis Max Steiner and Valerie Klimt.


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