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AJR launches Refugee Voices

AJR launches Refugee Voices

The AJR's groundbreaking audio-visual Holocaust testimony archive, Refugee Voices, was launched at an event at the Wiener Library on 18 June.

The event was organised into two sessions: part one featured papers and presentations about refugees, AJR and Refugee Voices given by speakers including Tony Grenville and Bea Lewkowicz. Part two was the evening event which was more informal and was exclusively to launch Refugee Voices, and where the resource was demonstrated.

As well as hearing from the noted Holocaust historians Professor Tony Kushner from Southampton University and Dr Olaf Jensen from the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies at the University of Leicester, guests also heard from the Refugee Voices Directors Dr Bea Lewkowicz and the AJR’s Dr Tony Grenville.

AJR Chairman, Andrew Kaufman, told those present that in creating Refugee Voices the AJR wanted to capture our members’ experiences and that, “unless we acted quickly we were approaching a point when those testimonies - those witness statements - would be lost forever.” In so doing he noted that the AJR had created, “an innovative resource that would enable future generations to study and learn about a part of history that has had profound consequences for how we live today.”

In addition to the Wiener Library, the AJR is delighted to announce that this valuable collection will also be deposited at the Universities of Leeds and Leicester as well as the Memorial de la Shoah in Paris. We are also thrilled that visitors to the German Historical Institute London will have access to the material. We also hope to announce partnerships with further institutions over the coming months.

To coincide with the launch we created the Refugee Voices website at www.refugeevoices.co.uk where visitors can read more about the project and watch excerpts from some of the 450 hours of film archive.

To read more about Refugee Voices click here.