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.

Buchenwald Liberator’s Experience Resonates with Galvin Digital Collection

August 19, 2008 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Voices of the Holocaust | Comments Off on Buchenwald Liberator’s Experience Resonates with Galvin Digital Collection

James Hoyt

The recent death of World War II veteran James Hoyt of Iowa at the age of 83 removes yet another eyewitness to the horrors of the Buchenwald concentration camp, which Hoyt (as a 19 year-old private first class in the U.S. Army) helped liberate in April 11, 1945. One of Hoyt’s obituaries states that for most of his life he rarely spoke about what he saw that day, until a recent interview unlocked some of his painful recollections. (For more on Hoyt, see the CNN story here).

Also at the camp on that day was prisoner Max Feuer, a young Jew from Vienna who had been stateless since the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938 and who had been in Nazi concentration camps since 1940 and at Buchenwald since 1941. Unlike Hoyt, Feuer was willing to recount the horrors he had seen and experienced; when IIT professor Dr. David P. Boder arrived in Europe in 1946 to make audio recordings of camp survivor narratives, Feuer provided him with many details of life and death inside Buchenwald.

Feuer’s interview is one of at least nine Buchenwald survivor narratives that can be found in transcript form on Galvin Library’s Voices of the Holocaust web site. The upcoming expansion of the site, which will involve the transcription of 49 as-yet-untranscribed Boder interviews, will no doubt bring even more first-hand information on Buchenwald before the public.

Voices of the Holocaust in Daily Herald

April 25, 2007 at 5:11 pm | Posted in Voices of the Holocaust | Comments Off on Voices of the Holocaust in Daily Herald

A newspaper article on the Voices of the Holocaust project appeared in the Daily Herald on Friday, April 20th. The article, “Help needed to preserve decaying voices of history,” by Sarah Long, recounts how IIT professor Dr. David Boder traveled to Europe in the years immediately following WWII to record the stories of Holocaust survivors in displaced-persons camps. To document the interviews, Boder used a new magnetic wire recording device developed by Marvin Camras, an electrical engineer at IIT. The story also features comments by Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart, who discusses the Galvin Library’s efforts to preserve these materials and make them available online at http://voices.iit.edu.

To listen to Sarah Long’s podcast interview (“Longshots #42”) with Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart, click here.

Voices of the Holocaust on Fox News

April 4, 2007 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Voices of the Holocaust | Comments Off on Voices of the Holocaust on Fox News

Voices of the Holocaust, a web site created and maintained by Galvin Library, was featured recently on Chicago’s Fox 32 newscast. The Voices site highlights the work of Dr. David Boder, who at the time of the 1946 interviews was Head of the Psychology Department at Lewis Institute, which merged with Armour Institute to become IIT. Dr. Boder used a newly developed wire recording device, invented by IIT’s Marvin Camras to record his interviews, which took place in France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland with persons displaced by World War II.

Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart and Institute of Psychology Director Dr. Ellen Mitchell were featured in the piece, which tells the story of how Dr. Boder’s interviews and wire recordings were discovered. The story also contains numerous clips from the audio recordings of the interviews, glimpses of the orginal wire recording devices and spools, as well as archival film footage of Holocaust victims.

Watch the newscast video (above), visit the site, or read more about Boder’s work in the 1949 book I Did Not Interview the Dead (held in Galvin Library’s collection) to learn more.

Voices of the Holocaust site featured in Chicago Tribune

January 16, 2007 at 5:05 pm | Posted in news, Voices of the Holocaust | Comments Off on Voices of the Holocaust site featured in Chicago Tribune

Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart and Dr. Ellen Mitchell, Director of IIT’s Institute of Psychology, were interviewed and photographed by Chicago Tribune staff reporter Ron Grossman for a story featured on the front page of the January 14th Sunday edition. The article highlighted Dr. David Boder’s 1946 interviews with displaced persons after WWII in Europe. At the time, Dr. Boder was Head of the Psychology Department at Lewis Institute, which merged with Armour Institute to become IIT. Visit the Voices of the Holocaust site or read the article.

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