Cooperating Institutions and Projects

Cooperation is crucial for EHRI’s success. The consortium is very pleased to be able to cooperate closely with an ever increasing number of related institutions and/or projects that share and support the EHRI mission: providing (online) access to dispersed sources relating to the Holocaust and encouraging collaborative research.

The Israel Archive Network Project

Preserving, digitizing and making accessible the most important archives in Israel.

The Israel Archive Network Project is a collaborative effort between the Government of Israel, the National Library, the Israel State Archives and the Israel Archives Association, to build an infrastructure and a single set of standards for historical archives in Israel. The Israel Archive Network Project will incorporate dozens of archives from all over the Israel and will give the general public online accessibility to unique historical materials.

Read more about The Israel Archive Network Project (Hebrew).

Project Judaica

A program of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America Fostering the Revival of Jewish Studies and Historical Scholarship in the Former Soviet Union.

Project Judaica’s mission is to reverse the suppression of Jewish studies and Jewish history under Soviet rule. It trains communal leaders, educates young Russians about Jewish civilization, and fosters study of the rich history and culture of the Jews of Russia and Eastern Europe. Project Judaica sponsors the program in Jewish studies at Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. It conducts the Jewish Archival Survey, which locates, describes, and makes accessible the thousands of archival collections on Jewish history and culture located in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Read more about Project Judaica on the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) website.

Instytut Pamięci Narodowej

The Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) is Poland’s national institution dealing with the fallout of German occupation and communist dictatorship.

IPN's main activities are public education and study on the losses suffered by the Polish Nation under the German and communist rule; prosecution of the war crimes; crimes against mankind and communist crimes; keeping the records of the terror institutions, and providing access to the documents for the people affected, researchers and journalists.

Read more at The Institute of National Remembrance (IPN)

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives

The JDC Archives houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history.

Comprising the organizational records of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the archives includes over 3 miles of text documents, 100,000 photographs, a research library of more than 6,000 books, 1,100 audio recordings including oral histories, and a collection of 2,500 videos. These records document JDC’s activity in over 90 countries dating from 1914 to the present. The JDC Archives website provides access to digital text and photo collections as well as a Names Index.

Read more at JDC Archives.

Hungarian National Archives

Established in 1756, the Hungarian National Archives (Magyar Országos Levéltár) is the oldest and largest public state archives in Hungary.

It primarily holds and preserves the documents of the central state administration and various public, economic and financial organs, as well as the documents of families and individuals. In 2012, all the Hungarian municipal (county and city) archives were administratively incorporated into the central state archives, under the name National Archives of Hungary (Magyar Nemzeti Levéltár), making it the principal repository in Hungary holding collections pertaining to the Holocaust.

Besides its archival and administrative functions, the Hungarian National Archives also conducts various research projects, publishes extensively and organizes conferences, lectures and other academic and public events.

Read more at Hungarian National Archives

Yerusha

Yerusha (Hebrew for inheritance) is an initiative of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe to virtually unite scattered Jewish documentary heritage from across Europe.

The Yerusha database will become a major online hub and reference point regarding Jewish and Jewish-related archival material.

Read more on the Yerusha website.

Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC)

The mission of the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC), College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, is to sponsor interdisciplinary projects that explore the integration of archival research data, user-contributed data, and technology to generate new forms of analysis and historical research engagements on issues of concern to society and affected communities.

The Enhanced “International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-Era Cultural Property” project (IRP2) is a collaborative project working with archival, museum, and technical experts to create a linked database to facilitate data identification, analysis, and visualization of looted Holocaust-era information located on the Portal, a collaboration of 18 national and other archival institutions with collections distributed over multiple sites. The goal is to use both federated and graph-database search technologies to conduct automated searches across the Portal to retrieve and consolidate information on individuals, organizations, and cultural objects related to Nazi-looted cultural assets. Beneficiaries include Holocaust victims and heirs, investigators, scholars, archival and museum professionals, lawyers, genealogists, and interested members of the general public.

Read more about the DCIC.

Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Founded by the first Czechoslovak president Thomas G. Masaryk in 1932 and joined with the Archives of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences later, the institute is a leading Czech research organisation with focus on the history of the 19th and 20th centuries.

It combines primary historical research with archival experience. In line with Masaryk’s legacy, it aims to ask new questions on difficult and complex topics in Czech and European modern history, including war, mass violence and genocide, migration and refugees, as well as nationalism and various forms of racism.

Read more about the Masaryk Institute

The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

Housed at Yale University Library’s Department of Manuscripts and Archives, the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (FVAHT) traces its roots to a 1979 grassroots project to record testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust on videotape.

The FVAHT currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies, which are comprised of over 11,000 hours of videotape, recorded between 1979 and the present. Testimonies were produced in cooperation with 37 affiliated projects across North America, South America, Europe, and Israel, and each project maintains a duplicate collection of locally recorded videotapes. The FVAHT website provides detailed information on its work, and how researchers can search and request testimonies for viewing at Yale University Library, or one of the FVAHT’s partner sites worldwide.

Read more at Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies