May 24, 2022

Report: Maintainers of the Two Largest Collections of Nazi Testimonial Evidence Discuss Large Data Collaboration

From the Yale Daily News:

For the past three days, the maintainers of the two largest collections of Nazi testimonial evidence met in New Haven to discuss plans to make a large data collaboration combining the archives.

Staff from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale — a collection of 4,400 video testimonies of Nazi persecution witnesses — joined with those from the Arolsen Archives — the largest paper collection of Nazi persecution victims, which is housed in Bad Arolsen, Germany. The two groups are looking to create a data service that brings the two libraries together. They said they hope to create a virtual interactive lab that adds to records found in the Arolsen Archives.

“One of the things we’re discussing is a virtual authority file that can be fleshed out,” said Stephen Naron, director of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. “We want persistent links to different records.

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