Voices of the Holocaust Project Featured on BBC Radio

July 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Posted in Voices of the Holocaust | Comments Off on Voices of the Holocaust Project Featured on BBC Radio

The Voices of the Holocaust project, and the work of former IIT professor David P. Boder were featured on BBC Radio’s “Archive on 4” program on Saturday, July 4th. The 45-minute broadcast covers Boder’s efforts to record the stories of Holocaust survivors and other displaced persons in European refugee camps in 1946.

Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart and Assistant University Archivist Ralph Pugh are both featured in the program. To listen online, click here.

The Voices of the Holocaust project (http://voices.iit.edu) is an online collection of audio and transcripts of some of Dr. Boder’s interviews, which are considered by historians to be the oldest existing recordings of survivor testimony, and one of the first examples of oral history. Launched in 2000, the project has recently received major funding to enhance the collection.

This funding is being used to:

  • Create digitally restored versions of Dr. Boder’s wire recordings
  • Transcribe and translate all of the interview material
  • Completely revamp the web interface for the project, with features that allow for more meaningful interaction with the text and audio content

The project’s goal is create a permanent digital archive for the material, bringing Dr. Boder’s efforts to life in a way never before possible, increasing the visibility and impact of the interviews, promoting deeper scholarship and analysis, and ultimately providing a richer understanding of the Holocaust and those who experienced it.

The redesign process was recently discussed in the Metropolitan Library System’s “Member Spotlight” section of it’s E-nnounce newsletter. To read the article, click here.

To view a preview of the redeisgned Voices of the Holocaust site, click here.

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