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Refugee Voices


The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is the first institution in Austria to offer on site in Vienna a usable digital copy of the London-based oral history project Refugee Voices. This project was initiated in 2003 by the British Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), a welfare association founded by Jewish refugees in 1941 with the aim of securing social and financial support for Jewish refugees fleeing from Nazism.


The team headed by Anthony Greenville und Bea Lewkowicz has to date produced more than 245 video interviews with Jewish emigrants, former forced labourers, and Holocaust survivors living in the United Kingdom. The English-language interviews, which in total comprise more than 600 hours of footage, were edited by the AJR in order to make them accessible to researchers and other interested persons. All the interviews were subsequently transcribed and furnished with timecodes, allowing for specific instances in the videos to be easily searched. The database – an additional part of the project, which is also accessible at the VWI – includes an index of all the interviews as well as biographical information on the interviewees. The interviews can moreover be searched by keyword. Additional material on the individual life stories – comprising documents and photographs – is also available.


The videos can already be browsed by name and keyword online via a database prior to visiting the VWI. Two digital maps additionally allow for interviews to be selected by place of birth or emigration.


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