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International EHRI Workshop Investigates New Ideas for Names Recovery


In July 2011, Yad Vashem convened an international workshop for professionals collecting and computerizing names of Holocaust victims around the world. 'Recording the Names' was the first in a series of EHRI workshops which will allow experts in various methodological subfields of Holocaust documentation to share information and ideas.


Research Users Advisory Committee


Thanks to the many responses to our call in the EHRI Newletter of July 2011, we have been able to set up the Research Users Advisory Committee. Twenty researchers from sixteen different countries will provide feedback and comment on the User Requirements formulated for the EHRI-infrastructure. In the coming months the names and biographies of the members will be published on


'If You Build It, They Will Come'


Inauguration of Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities

Dr. Haim Gertner (Director Archives Division at EHRI partner Yad Vashem) held a key note lecture at the Digital Humanities ceremony in Göttingen, Germany, featuring the inauguration of the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities and the release of TextGrid 1.0. The Georg-August-University Göttingen is a partner of EHRI.


International Conference on Holocaust and Other Genocides


27 November 2011, Peace Palace, The Hague

The Holocaust and its analogy to other genocides is a recurring topic in both academic and educational discussion. Holocaust historiography debates a range of issues; from the importance of ideology to the feelings of victims. Research into genocides is often influenced by the findings of Holocaust historiography. The current research on mass violence raises questions about the place of the Holocaust in the history of genocide.


The Holocaust and Photographic Documentation


Expert Meeting EHRI and Interviews with Users

In September 2011, EHRI hosted its second international expert meeting. This three-day event took place at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the Netherlands. The topic of the meeting was The Holocaust and (Digital) Photographic Documentation, and the workshop brought together sixteen professionals from thirteen countries.


EHRI Community Hub and Surveys


'Could my organization become a partner of EHRI?' 'I am a researcher of the Holocaust in the Ukraine and I would like to discuss this topic with other researchers. Could you help me?' 'As a student of Holocaust Studies I would like to get into contact with the research community.' 'I lost my mother in the Second World War. Where can I find more information about her?' 

These are a few examples of the questions that EHRI receives.


EHRI Partner The Wiener Library Has Moved


The Wiener Library, the world’s oldest archive of the Holocaust and Nazi era, has successfully completed its move to new premises. The Library, founded in Amsterdam by Dr Alfred Wiener in 1933, moved to London on the outbreak of war in 1939. 


Concert for The International Day Commemorating the Holocaust in the European Parliament


The program includes works relating to the theme of the Holocaust, the revival of the State of Israel and the Jewish Nation, composed by Issak Tavior. These works were recently performed at the United Nations in New York – (January 27 2010) and Geneva Switzerland (January 27 2011) in commemoration of the Holocaust.


Reto Speck, Leader of Work Package 20, Portal and VRE


I was very excited when an opportunity arose to join the EHRI team at King's College London earlier this year, as the project allows me to strike a perfect balance between my diverse interests.

Dear readers,

Despite the upheaval caused by Covid-19, EHRI’s two projects have advanced well over the past year. A lot of credit for maintaining the momentum in both EHRI-Preparatory Phase and EHRI-3 is due to the dedication of all involved. We give special thanks to colleagues who began working for EHRI shortly before, or even during lockdowns.

EHRI will remain very active in 2021. We look forward, for example, to the inaugural meeting of EHRI’s Board of Governmental Representatives - a committee of distinguished representatives from national ministries and funding bodies that will play a key role in developing the permanent EHRI organisation. In EHRI as elsewhere, the repetitive lockdowns have stimulated a can-do approach to activities that ordinarily would involve travel. Most prominent at this moment is our call for applications to the Conny Kristel Fellowships, which offer international access to an unprecedented range of key archives and collections, as well as to archival and digital humanities expertise. If possible and needed, remote access is now part of the equation. We also wish to highlight our Document Blog, our ever-growing podium for brief, innovative interpretations and presentations of vivid primary sources.

On 27 January, EHRI, and its partners will mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Recent events and developments show that this day more important than ever. To truly honour the victims of the Holocaust, all of us need to redouble our efforts to erect barriers against the rapid spread of hate speech, lies and misinformation, and to push back against the rising tide of antisemitism, racism and xenophobia. By providing access to reliable and properly contextualised sources from across the world, and by supporting new research into the origins, mechanics and legacy of the Holocaust, EHRI critically contributes to this mission.