In 1979, a grassroots organization called the Holocaust Survivors Film Project began videotaping Holocaust survivors and witnesses in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1981, the original collection of testimonies was deposited at Yale University and we opened our doors to the public the following year.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Helene Rosenberg, a pillar of the local Jewish community in New Haven and one of the early witnesses who gave testimony to the Holocaust Survivors Film Project (HSFP) in 1980.
Along with her husband, William (Willi) Rosenberg, who served as the President of the HSFP, Helene advocated fiercely for the commemoration and documentation of the Holocaust by the HSFP, and its successor organization the Fortunoff Video Archive. Our organization is forever indebted to their vision.