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Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

The Fortunoff Archive currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies comprising 12,000 recorded hours of videotape.
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We record the stories of those who were there.

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.

Interview with Laurel Vlock and Jolly Z.
Interview with Laurel Vlock and Jolly Z. (HVT-34, HVT-220, HVT-972)
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View Testimonies at Yale or at an access site
View Testimonies at Yale or at an access site
The Fortunoff Archive aims to make its collection accessible worldwide.
Excerpts from the Fortunoff Archive
Excerpts from the Fortunoff Archive
View edited programs based on individual testimonies and multiple voices around a theme

Julie Dawson Chosen as Fortunoff/VWI Fellow 2020-2021

Please join us in congratulating Julie Dawson as she becomes our next Fortunoff/VWI Research Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year!
Julie Dawson is a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna’s Institute for Contemporary History. She holds a master’s degree in Jewish Studies and certificate in East Central European Studies from Columbia University and B.A. and B.M. from Northwestern University. Dawson worked for the Leo Baeck Institute from 2010-2019, acting as director and primary researcher of their archival survey of Bukovina and Transylvania (jbat.lbi.org) for six years (2012-2019). From 2016-2019 she was the summer researcher-in-residence at the synagogue in Mediaș, Romania for the EU Horizon 2020 project TRACES: Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts. Her research interests include Bukovina, communist Romania, post-war European Jewish history, women’s history, trauma and memory studies. Read more.

Fellow Julie Dawson
Fortunoff/VWI Fellow Julie Dawson
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