Mitteilung aus der EHRI-Website (http://www.ehri-project.eu):
Truth and Witness
An International Workshop on Holocaust Testimonies
of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)
at the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
Monday 30th April – Wednesday 2nd May 2012
EHRI would like to invite you to an international workshop to be held at EHRI partner The Wiener Library on Holocaust Testimonies. Written and oral testimonies of Holocaust survivors, along with personal documentation such as letters and diaries, can provide information and details otherwise unavailable in the numerous official sources concerning the persecution and murder of the Jews. Consequently, the use of these sources has both practical and ethical imperatives – testimony can add telling details, and it can also allow the individual characters of the victims to emerge. However, the many survivor testimonies that are now available have all been collected at different times, and often in very different contexts. This can make them problematic and challenging when used as a source of historical evidence.
This workshop will focus on some core issues currently facing researchers, archivists and scholars across all disciplines and collection-holding institutions. In reviewing some of the many testimony collections and works undertaken in the past 65 years, we hope to reflect on the content, structure and form of the survivor testimonies.
Read the Call for Papers and find out how to participate. The deadline for submissions of proposals is Sunday 18 March 2012.