Nyberg: Yale Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies Director discusses collection of stories


In 1978, former news television host and producer Laurel Vlock did an interview with a holocaust survivor and the impact was so profound on her, she decided to get more survivors on video tape to tell their stories to be preserved for history, before it was too late.

In the next year, she teamed up with Dori Laub, a survivor and Yale psychiatrist and conducted interviews in his New Haven office. The result: 167 powerful recordings.

The work continued after the pair set the stage, and to date there are 4,400 testimonies equaling 12,000 hours of recordings. All are contained in the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale described by its director, Stephen Naron.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the first four Holocaust survivors who gave their testimonies on May 2, 1979 to Laurel Vlock, there will be a screening of those interviews at 7:00 p.m. at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale. Everyone is welcome.

To get more infomation about the entire archive collection, go to fortunoff.library.yale.edu

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