Holocaust Oral History Archive

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The Holocaust Oral History Archive of Gratz College is a special collection of the Tuttleman Library and a contributing organization to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Research Institute and to Yad Vashem. The Archive houses one of the largest collections of audio-taped testimony in the U.S, including interviews with nearly 900 survivors, liberators, resistance force members, those in hiding, rescuers, and other witnesses to the persecution and extermination of the Nazi era, 1933-1945.

Special groupings include the testimonies of "Kindertransport" children sheltered in England, the 1985 Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, the 1991 and 1999 Rickshaw Reunions of Shanghai Survivors, and the Vilna Ghetto Fighters.

The Archive also documents Jewish cultural life in pre-Nazi Europe via unpublished memoirs, letters, diaries, photographs, memorial books and survivor registers.

Established in 1979 by the late Professor Nora Levin, the Archive was one of the earliest collections of Holocaust testimony in the U.S. Since 1989, Josey G. Fisher has directed the Archive staff of 25 volunteers, over half of whom were born in Europe before World War II and represent a wide range of Nazi-era experience.

The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive is open on Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment at 215-635-7300 x130.

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