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Holocaust Testimony

The Shoah Foundation Institute has worked to gather testimony from Holocaust survivors for almost 20 years. The Foundation has recorded 52.000 video interviews in 32 languages and 56 countries since 1994. The Danish Jewish Museum has acquired 123 testimonies all relating to Denmark, hereby making the museum a Visual History Collection Site where researchers and anyone with the interest can explore the witness accounts.

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. 

Click here for a complete list of testimony relating to Denmark and click here for a detailed information about each interview. 

See also the collected WW2 materials at The Danish Jewish Museum

For relevant research purposes, it is possible to consult a series of interviews. Please make arrangements with Sara Fredfeldt:

About Shoah Foundation

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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