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05 Sep 2008 - Refugee Voices deposited at the Memorial de la Shoah

Refugee Voices deposited at the Memorial de la Shoah

Refugee Voices deposited at the Memorial de la Shoah

The AJR is delighted to announce that our audio-visual Holocaust testimony archive, Refugee Voices, has been deposited at the Memorial de la Shoah in Paris.

The Memorial is the oldest Holocaust commemorative organisation in the world, pre-dating even Yad Vashem, and is today the largest Holocaust-related institution in Europe.

It is a memorial, a museum (with one permanent, two temporary, and eight travelling exhibitions being shown in schools, universities and public buildings), an archive centre (archive, library, multimedia learning centre and photographic library of some 200,000 photos), as well as an education and training centre.

It welcomes up to 200,000 visitors every year, including more than 30,000 pupils for pedagogical projects, thousands of teachers from all regions of France and abroad, police officers, judges, museum guides, journalists, UN information officers from Africa and the Middle East, etc. for various training programmes in France and Poland.

Refugee Voices is a collection of 150 filmed interviews with former refugees from Nazism now living in Britain. It was commissioned by the AJR in 2003, with Dr Anthony Grenville and Dr Bea Lewkowicz directing the project. The collection consists of more than 450 hours of film and will form a very valuable resource for academics, researchers, educationalists and others with a professional interest in the field of refugee, migration and Holocaust studies. The collection has been designed precisely with the requirements of scholars and other professionals in mind.