Never before has these interviews been accessible for study in Denmark. Each interview holds a unique and personal account of the persecution in Denmark and of the consequences of war, flight and imprisonment. The testimonies show that the Holocaust is a living memory that changed not only the lives of the witnesses but the entire world for all time.
The 123 testimonies are given by persons born in or living in Denmark or by persons staying in the country during the Second World War. The interviews are recorded in 7 different countries: In Canada, Denmark, Israel, The Netherlands, Sweden, America and England and in 7 languages: Danish, Dutch, English, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish and Swedish.
Guests at The Danish Jewish Museum can access the interviews via the public computer in the museum shop.
For relevant research purposes, it is possible to consult a series of interviews. Please make arrangements with Inge Bucka Mejlhede: im@ jewmus.dk
It was the movie Schindler’s List that led to the establishment of The Shoah Foundation Institute in 1994. The majority of testimony is from Jewish survivors, but the archive also holds accounts from homosexual survivors, Jehova’s Witness survivors, Gypsies, political prisoners and rescuers. The Foundation collects witness accounts of genocide around the world and it is the largest archive of its kind in the world.
‘Shoah’ is the Hebrew word for disaster while ‘Holocaust’ is derived from the greek holocaustos, meaning ‘burnt offering’.
Go to The Shoah Foundation Institute's online catalogue to search the interviews
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