Videoarchiv and Interview Project

Picture: Visitor watching a video interview

At the end of the tour through the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to engage with the life stories of survivors in more than 150 video interviews.

The interviews were conducted either by the Foundation or by other institutions: parts of the distinguished Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies of Yale University is publicly presented at the Video Archive of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The archive also contains interviews from the Moses Mendelssohn Centre's »Archive of Memory«, the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg, and other collections.

The interviews are all part of a database that allows visitors to explore the testimonies at computer terminals. The interview footage is presented in full length and unedited. Various search options and detailed explanatory texts as well as the presentation of transcripts, translations, content and thematic indices, biographical data and brief biographies enable visitors to find specific passages within the testimonies, many of which are several hours long. This allows for unique insights into these historical sources, which are becoming ever more important.

Introductory sessions to the Video Archive can be booked via the Visitor Service.

More Information about the project of the Foundation »Speaking in spite of everything« can be find here. The interviews of the Foundation are available online at www.sprechentrotzallem.de (in German only).